Raul, The king of Madrid

Raul, The king of Madrid

 

Place of Birth: Madrid, Spain
Date of Birth: 27/06/1977
Position: Forward
Weight: 149 lbs / 68 kg
Heigh: 5’11” / 180 cm
Nationality: Spain

Individual Awards

  • La Liga: 1994/95, 1996/97, 2000/01, 2002/03, 2006/07
  • European Cup: 1997/98, 1999/00, 2001/02
  • Intercontinental Cup: 1998, 2002
  • European Super Cup: 2002
  • Spanish Super Cup: 1997, 2001, 2003
  • Spanish Sportsman of the Year: 2007
  • Royal Order’s Gold Medal for Sports Merit: 2006
  • FIFA 100 Greatest Living Footballers: 2004
  • King’s Cup Top Scorer: 2003/04
  • UEFA Club Football Best Forward: 2000, 2001, 2002
  • UEFA Champions League Top Scorer: 1999/00, 2000/01
  • FIFA World Player, Bronze: 2001
  • European Footballer of the Year, Silver: 2001
  • Pichichi Trophy: 1998/99, 2000/01
  • Bronze Boot of Europe: 1999, 2001
  • Spanish Player of Year: 1996/97
  • Spanish Outstanding Sportsman: 2000
  • IFFHS World Goalgetter: 1999
  • Intercontinental Cup Man of the Match: 1998

Career

  • Real Madrid youth system (1992-1995)
  • Real Madrid (1994-present)
  • La Liga debut: 29 October 1994
    Match: Zaragoza 3-2 Real Madrid
  • Real Madrid debut: 29 October 1994
    Match: Zaragoza 3-2 Real Madrid

(Statistics Source realmadrid.com)

Raul Strengths:

Raul never say die attitude and his will to try everything and anything has led Raul to score some remarkable goals

Raul never say die attitude and his will to try everything and anything has led Raul to score some remarkable goals

 

  • Though Raul is naturally left footed, he can shoot and place the ball with his right foot as well which always helps though none of his right or left foot is a killer, like Ronaldo’s (not C.Ronaldo) right foot or even Ronaldo’s left foot.

  • Raul’s leadership quality, whenever the chips are down, Raul is the man Real Madrid look to for inspiration.

  • Not so much a gifted player but Raul is mentally stronger than any player in current world football. Situations where everyone goes down,getdemoralized, Raul seems to raise the level of his game and actually Raul performs better when put under pressure which is a unique quality.

  • Raul’s physical fitness, though he cannot run at the pace of Roberto Carlos but he can run for 90 minutes unlike Roberto Carlos or for that matter, most of the players. Raul chases defenders down, the whole of 90 minutes, puts pressure on the opposition which leads to them loosing possession.

  • Raul’s technique might not be among the best but his vision for the game (he is actually able to think under pressure, most players just want to go out there like a bull and smash the opposition after they concede a goal or get down on themselves but Raul has a different approach all together), more than makes up for it.

  • His work ethic, a true professional and as far as I am concerned a role model for everyone, related or not related to sports. No matter what you do , you have to give