Tottenham Hotspur welcomed a footballing legend to training today. Former Real Madrid and Spain international striker Raúl Gonzalez trained with the club at its Hotspur Way training center in Enfield.
Raúl is one of the best strikers of all time. The fifth highest all time goal scorer in La Liga, his 16-year tenure at Real Madrid saw him score a staggering 323 goals in 741 appearances, along with 44 goals in 102 caps with Spain. Along the way he won a mess of La Liga titles along with three Champions League trophies. He’s the only player in history to be named UEFA Club Forward of the Year three times, an honor he won from 2000-2002.
Now 40, Raúl hung up his boots in 2015 after a final stint with the New York Cosmos in the NASL. He’s working towards getting into management, and with Spurs having probably the finest training facilities in England, it kind of makes sense that he might ask to use their facilities as he works toward his coaching badges.
It’s not the first time that a legend has trained with Spurs. Back in 2011, David Beckham famously trained with Spurs for a few weeks as a member of LA Galaxy. Beckham was trying to stay fit before kick-off of the new MLS season.
Hilariously, Raul was linked to Spurs way back in 2010 as he was leaving Madrid, but reportedly turned down Harry Redknapp to sign a two year deal with Schalke. One wonders what might have been, and whether he’d be an upgrade to Fernando Llorente next season!