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The Reborn Madrid Legend in Schalke

Raul Gonzalez Blanco definitely shares legendary status with Real Madrid’s President of honor, Alfredo Di Stefano in Real Madrid. The 33 yrs old gentleman holds virtually all records at the historic club in Madrid.

“Handing-over-the-baton” to CR7 …

Therefore it came as a surprise to many when he decided to end his sixteen year stint with Real Madrid before putting pen to paper for the Fußball-Club Gelsenkirchen-Schalke 04. The signs of El Siete leaving Los Blancos were clear to see as the once dreaded striker had fallen down the pecking order in the 2009/10 season at the Santiago Bernabeu club. With the desire to still play at the highest level, Raul moved to the north of Germany for regular playing time.

Raul’s goals, winning mentality and experience were envisaged to give Schalke 04 the additional boost needed to win a long-awaited Bundesliga title.
However, Die Knappen’s season has not panned out as expected with the Royal Blues spending much of the first half of the season fighting at the wrong end of the table, Schalke are off the title chase but they are in the finals of the German cup and will need to win that competition to make it back into Europe.

Despite the disappointing league campaign, Raul has shown that he’s the grand master in the UEFA Champions League. His influence has inspired his team mates in the knock out stages of the tournament and he has led by example with his goals against Valencia and defending champions Inter. His first goal against Inter in the return leg at home was a joy to behold.

A more interesting statistics shows that the iconic Spaniard’s 142 UCL appearances is more than the combined number of appearances for all his Schalke 04 team mates who played the second leg quarter final fixtures against Internazionale.
His positive influence on the team has won the hearts of the Gelsenkirchen faithfuls as he was handed a microphone to lead signing fans after climbing into the crowd to celebrate Schalke’s semi final qualification.

Raul appears to be back to his best at 33 playing the role of a second striker while surprisingly leading the scorer’s chart

The Grandmaster – back to his scoring best for Schalke

for Schalke this term. He is now also highest goal scorer in all UEFA competitions with 73 goals.
The three times Champions league winner said he has no regrets about leaving Real Madrid and coming to Schalke

“When I left Real, I left a great club but joined a great club,”

Winning a trophy or two during his stint at the German club would only add to his already blooming heroic status in Gelsenkirchen.

For a man who was adjudged to be done with football in his last days at Real Madrid and his move to Schalke 04 raising a lot of highbrow, El Siete can be described as a man with several lifes.

As Manchester United face Raul and his Schalke team in the semi-finals of ‘his competition’, they would be wise to pay special attention to the man, the legend, Raul Gonzalez!