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a very telling interview:

The Merengues stalwart was given his debut in a Real shirt in October 1994 and has won an endless number of prestigious trophies with the Blancos, but he confesses to having two Italian players as his role models: Milan captain Paolo Maldini and ex-Italy legend Roberto Baggio.

"I grew up with Roberto and now I am getting old with Paolo," he told the Gazzetta dello Sport. "I loved watching Baggio play football, and when I finally managed to meet him, I realized what a great person he truly is.

"As for Paolo, I was still a kid when he was already lifting European cups, I am 31 now and he is still there. :proud: :proud: He is a true professional and a point of reference for all the footballers.

"There are few like him: Alessandro Del Piero, Francesco Totti, Paul Scholes or Ryan Giggs, who have spent their whole careers in big and demanding clubs, where you always need to give your all."

Raul has always played for the Blancos and will end his career in Madrid, but he admits that several clubs tried to lure him away over the years.

"Yes, they did approach me, but my answer was always the same," noted the striker, "and, after all, everybody knew I was keen to stay put.

"However, I did have some fantasies when I was little and dreamt about my footballing future: I often thought about Milan, and I would have loved to play with legends such as Marco Van Basten, Carlo Ancelotti, Ruud Gullit and Roberto Donadoni. Just think about a Raul-Van Basten partnership..." :D:D:D

goal.com / gazzetta
 

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I would re-title the thread:
Raul as a kid was Milanista
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Deep down Raul is Milanista :shades:

later
 

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Surely this doesn't deserve its own thread..?

To be fair even Paolo has spoken that he would have liked to play for Real.
In all fairness it's different, here Raul admits that his first footballing love was Milan, ergo as a kid he was Milanista. As first loves are never copletely forgotten:

Raul uno di noi :shades:

P.S. must indeed get back to working
 

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part of me thinks that his time is running out at Madrid and dropping a line to see if there is any interest in ACM.
 

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Arms wide open.
 
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