Today, Real Madrid and Spain legend Raul Gonzalez announced his retirement from professional football, shocking football fans worldwide. The 36 year old, who spent over 15 years with Real Madrid and enjoyed a 10 year international career, said that his body just couldn’t handle all the training anymore, claiming;
“I just aren’t the player I used to be. The training is tough and I don’t think my body can handle it. So, it is with great sadness that I am announcing my retirement from professional football. It is really upsetting that I have to retire now, as I was hungry to win more trophies with Al-Sadd, but unfortunately it ends here.”
After a glittering playing career lined with trophies, Raul’s millions of fans worldwide say they are devastated at the news. Gonzalez had only spent 1 season with Qatari club Al-Sadd, and previously had a 2 year stint at Bundesliga club Schalke following his Madrid farewell. In a 19 year playing career, Raul played in more than 1000 professional games, becoming a lethal goalscorer during his prime.
However, Raul acknowledged that this news would not end his involvement in football, hinting:
“What do I do next? I am so far undecided. Do I become a coach? An assistant manager, perhaps? Do I try my hand at management? I don’t know yet, but believe me when I say that my relation to football is not yet over, this is merely the start of a new chapter in my career.”