Friday, 23 August 2013

Raul finds the net for Real and wears his iconic No 7 shirt on emotional return to Madrid for Santiago Bernabeu Trophy

Real Madrid legend Raul returned to the Spanish capital on Thusday night to take part in the Santiago Bernabeu trophy with current club Al-Saad.
Now plying his trade in Qatar, the striker played a half for each side and managed to get on the scoresheet for his former employers.
Wearing his iconic No 7 shirt, the 36-year old waved and blew kisses to the crowd after his goal, having netted a superb half volley in the 22nd minute of the game after Angel Di Maria had put him through on goal excellently.
Read more to see Raul score and later hand the No 7 shirt to Cristiano Ronaldo 

Ecstatic: With a beaming smile, Raul holds his arms aloft and is clearly delighted having put Real ahead
Iconic: Raul wore his famous No 7 shirt and the Madrid squad numbers were made up of pictures of supporters
Been there, done that: As he did so often during his 16-year spell with the club, Raul finds the net for Real
Raul and Cristiano Ronaldo
Got your number: Raul returned the No 7 shirt to Cristiano Ronaldo at the interval before the pair shared a hug
Raul and Cristiano Ronaldo
Living legend: Raul, wearing the white of Real once again, salutes his adoring fans in the Bernabeu Stadium
Before the match an emotional Raul received a commemorative plaque and was also given the captain’s armband by current skipper Iker Casillas.
When the half time whistle sounded, the frontman ran over to hand the No 7 shirt back to it’s current owner, Cristiano Ronaldo, who had worn the No 11 shirt during the first half of the match.

The pair shared a hug and a few words before Raul rushed down the tunnel to prepare for the second half as an Al-Saad player.
On the night, in a nice gesture by the home side, the Real Madrid squad numbers were made up of pictures of their fans.
Superstars: Kaka and Marcelo congratulate Raul on finding the back of the net
Emotional: Raul wipes away tears having been handed a commerative plauqe before the game kicked off
Proud: King of Spain, Juan Carlos I, greets Raul before kick off as fans take pictures of the special encounter

Successful spell: Raul salutes the crowd as he poses next to the trophies he won during his time at Madrid
The game saw Carlo Ancelotti’s men claim their ninth consecutive Santiago Bernabeu trophy win as an Isco goal, Benzema penalty and Jese brace rounded up a 5-0 win for the hosts.
Raul made the switch to Qatar in 2012 having enjoyed two seasons playing in the German Bundesliga with Schalke.
Considered a living legend by Madrid fans, Raul has played more games and scored more goals for Real Madrid than any other player, finding the net an astonishing 323 times in 741 appearances.
As well as his feats for Madrid, the former Spain international is also in the Champions League record books having made 142 appearances in the competition.
Battle: Raul brings the ball down and gets the better of one of his Al-Saad team-mates
Together: Former Portsmouth left back Nadir Belhadj among the Al Saad players posing with the Real squad
Celebration: Smiling Raul is thrown high into the air by his current Al-Saad team-mates on the Bernabeu pitch
Real Madrid squad
One for the scrapbook: Raul donned the Madrid shirt once again to pose with the Santiago Bernabeu trophy

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