Monday, November 16, 2015

Raul Signs Off on a Brilliant Career by Winning NASL Title For New York Cosmos

Former Real Madrid great Raul went into retirement in style on Sunday as his New York Cosmos beat the Ottawa Fury 3-2 to win the NASL title in his final match.
Raul Signs Off on a Brilliant Career by Winning NASL Title For New York Cosmos
Raul (right with trophy) celebrates with his teammates after the NASL Championship Final match between the NY Cosmos and the Ottawa Fury.
The 38-year-old, a multiple La Liga and Champions League winner with Real Madrid, played the full game, setting up third goal of Gaston Cellerino's hat-trick with a delicate flick.

The Cosmos claimed their second North American Soccer League Soccer Bowl title, to go with the one they captured in 2013.
"I"m very happy," Raul said. "It was my last game in my career.
"I'm very proud for everything I did and thank you to the club, my teammates and the fans for this amazing year. For me now, I start a new life with another project. I'm happy, but I'm also very sad."
While Raul was the man of the moment, Cellerino was the man of the match, which also sent Spain's Marcos Senna into retirement a winner.
"To win next to Raul was an ideal situation," Senna said. "I'm thankful for him being here throughout the year as he made the difference many times and scored many goals.
"Today he didn't get the goal, but he got the assist. He's a player that is a game-changer."
Raul began his pro career at Real Madrid in 1994 and spent 16 years with the Spanish side, sparking the capital side to six La Liga crowns, four Spanish Super Cups and three UEFA Champions League titles.

He departed in 2010 as Real Madrid's all-time top goal scorer with 323, before recently being equalled by Cristiano Ronaldo on September 30.
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