Raul’s Declining Influence: A Legendary Real Madrid Career at it’s Twilight

“A highly symbolic moment took place at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu last weekend. As Real Madrid cantered to a Cristiano Ronaldo inspired 6-2 victory over Villarreal, they did so without the presence of their captain, leader and inspiration over so many years – Raúl Gonzalez. That in itself is quite normal. At 32 years of age, the great Raúl’s on-field influence has waned in recent months, largely due to the massive influx of fresh talent acquired by los Merengues over the course of an extraordinary summer spending spree. These days it is the Ronaldos, Kakas and Higuains of this world who hold centre stage at the Bernabeu. But the moment of symbolism came later on.” (Just Football)


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