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Spain has never had a shortage of
good players but -- with the possible exception of Luis Suarez
-- no one born in the country has ever really captured the
imagination as a true global superstar.
The likes of Alfredo Di Stefano, Ladislao Kubala and Ferenc
Puskas were all adopted Spaniards, and loved around the world,
but parochial Spanish fans have been crying out for decades for
someone to who could be looked upon as Suarez's natural-born
equal.
Real Madrid's Raul Gonzalez is the nearest that anyone has
come in recent years to being held in the same sort of esteem as
the great players of the 1950s and 1960s -- and a good showing
at the European Championship finals could elevate his status
even further.
The 22-year-old striker -- he celebrates his 23rd birthday
in the middle of Euro 2000 on June 27 -- has all the attributes
to make it big in the modern game.
Good looks, a model for a wife, and nerves of steel in front
of goal are just a few of his facets.
He was one of only two men who played in all eight of
Spain's qualifying matches, and scored eight goals.
Despite his youth Raul has already amassed 29 caps (correct
to end of May) and become a permanent fixture in the Spanish
national side.
He made his international debut in 1996, against the Czech
Republic at the age of 19, and has missed only three matches
since.
Many thought he would make his mark at the last World Cup
finals but for a man who had barely just left the ranks of being
teenager, France '98 came too early in his career for him to
make an major impact.
Raul arrived tired. A grueling post-European Cup winning
campaign had seen his form dip.
He was mentally exhausted from continually having to rebut
Spanish media accusations that he was constantly night clubbing.
Not surprisingly, he failed to impress apart from an
outstanding goal against Nigeria.
However, he recovered quickly from the disappointment.
Last season he was the leading goal scorer in the Spanish
first division with 23 goals, beating off the challenge of such
hot shots as Barcelona's Rivaldo and Valencia's Claudio Lopez.
This year has seen his growing maturity rewarded with the
Real Madrid captain's armband on occasions.
However, the captaincy must seem almost like a long service
award to Raul after all the years he has already spent in Real
Madrid's first team squad.
Raul came to the attention of former coach and Argentine
World Cup winner Jorge Valdano when playing in Real Madrid
reserves.
Valdano spotted the youngster's talent and promoted him
quickly. On October 29, 1994 -- at the 17 years and four months
-- Raul pulled on the famous all-white outfit and made his
Spanish first division debut in a 3-2 defeat at Real Zaragoza.


Is he currently the best player on the planet? Definitely one of them :)
 

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This seems like a pretty pointless topic to me.
Labas, you just write such useless stuff sometimes to make your board busy. lol :)
Obviously Raul is one of, if not the, world's best player. And nobody knows this more than all the Real fans on your board, so what kind of news is this post going to be to anyone? hehe
No wonder our barca board is apparently "dead". We don't just post about how good Figo is when there's nothing else to talk about.
 

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This isn't my topic! I just copied it from Dailysoccer, because I wantd to share it here with my Real friends. It's nice to see, that not just we appreciate his talent. And don't lie to yourself Oly - if a topic is crap noone answers it anyway, so giving this as a reason of our succes is pretty pathetic. Some guys just can't accept the reality ;) ;)
 

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I don't really care about your "success" anyway.
It's just a stupid internet msg board, so it's not particularly important which board is more busy in my opinion.
You just seem to care more about it than most people, because you always come on our board and tell us about how great it is here.
I'm just saying that we have a different attitude. We post important things rarely rather than pointless things often.
And by the way, being a barca fan won't make me bind to talent. lol
I've considered Raul to be one of the world's best since about 3 years now, he is pure class. :)
Along with Figo they would be a devastating partnership with a lethal finisher in the centre, don't you think?
 

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Boring topics? Charmed, I always thought that the Real forum was one of, if not the most interesting forum on xtratime.

Also weired thing happened to me two days ago, my password changed for no reason. This was a strange phenomenon but luckily Jan sorted it out for me (cheers mate) but now I have a different password to enter.

p.s. Raul needs to prove himself on the big stage to be considered THE best and this may happen at the EC or CL final :)
 

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I never said boring, i said pointless. hehe :)
I just think that this board is the last place to need to tell people about how good Raul is. I'm sure you guys have all been talking about that since about 4 years now. lol
So it just struck me as a kind of post for the sake of posting.
If you know what i mean.
 
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Labas and Oly,

Dear me, whats going on here... we are sounding like supporters of Barca here... Come on.. it doesnt matter what gets posted.. Oly if you dont like it.. dont fuel up labas to keep writing,, and dont keep writing yourself!!!!

Anyway... concerning Raul... yes he is one of the best but not the best... I stillthink he has alot to prove on the world front.. maybe Euro2000 is his time to do that.. One other comment.. Doesnt it look like Anelka is the saviour for Real Madrid hey? How the tables have turned.... we all hated him at one stage!!!

Also... I wish Real all the best next Wednesday night.. they will win their 8th and Im out partying... who wants to party with me?? :) :) :)


PS: Oly was what i wrote pointless too??? :)
 

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well, you're probably right. i mean Raul still has something to prove in the Spain shirt although scoring 12 goals in 8 matches is a quite an achievment ey? :) EURO 2000 may be the place to do it and I really wish him the best of luck.
 

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I am a barca supporter actually :)
Well, no it wasn't pointless because you at least offered something new. Rather than just say how good Raul is, which is common knowledge basically.
 
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