The German Bundesliga season is coming to an end and several teams are having emotional final home matches with stars leaving their clubs due to various reasons like transfers or retirement. Michael Ballack, Jörg Butt and Marco Reus are just a few players from the illustrious list. But the fans of FC Schalke 04 had most probably the most emotional moment of them all, when one of the living legends of world football bidded his farewell to the Bundesliga: Raúl González Blanco!
The 34-year former Real Madrid superstar joined the German side two seasons ago and emerged as one of the league’s best-loved stars. The Spaniard has scored 40 goals in 98 matches for Schalke and he even scored in his final home game against Hertha BSC Berlin today.
“I enjoyed my two years at Schalke a lot and I always felt like being at home” Raúl told under tears. “It was a great experience to play for Schalke and in the Bundesliga.”
Raúl has won the German Cup (DFB-Pokal) 2011 with Schalke and his league goal against 1. FC Cologne was crowned “Goal of the Year 2011” in Germany.
FC Schalke 04 has already announced that Raúl’s jersey number 7 won’t feature in future squads of the club in honour of the Spaniard.
Raúl is yet to announce his new club, but it looks like he will be playing in Qatar or the US next season.
Raúl says goodbye to Schalke
Raúl scores the “Goal of the Year 2011”