Another big name set to say goodbye to the world of football, former Spain and Real Madrid icon Raul, will retire after completing this season with New York Cosmos.
Raul started his career with Real Madrid in 1994 and enjoyed 16 years filled with trophy at the club, winning six La Liga titles and three UCL trophies.
Raul became the club’s all time goalscorer with 323 goals, but Ronaldo broke that record recently. The 38-year-old was also the highest goalscorer for Spain with 44 goals in 102 appearances, before David Villa broke it in 2011.
Raul continued his club playing career at Schalke and Al Sadd, were he spent two years respectively, before joining New York Cosmos at the end of 2014.
“My decision is to retire from playing at the end of this season. I am fully focused on finishing the season strong and helping the New York Cosmos win the NASL Championship. In the coming months I will decide the next step in my career.
“Playing soccer has been part of my life for so long and the decision to retire is not an easy one but I believe it is the right time.
“I’m thankful to everyone who has supported me throughout my career and I look forward to playing my final games with the New York Cosmos over the coming weeks.”