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In the following article, we will review the fascinating facts about Raul Gonzalez, one of the most successful Spanish soccer players in the world of football.

Spain

football has always introduced great players to the world of football; the legends such as Pep Guardiola, Emilio Butragueno, and Xavi. Of course, Raul Gonzalez is one of them. Known as one of the most important players in

Real Madrid

history, Raul Gonzalez is one of the world's most iconic footballers. The legend, who could play anywhere in the front line, and had powerful shots. The Spaniard scored goals both in and outside the penalty area. 

In 1999 the left-footed player, one of the best penalty takers in football history, was named the best striker by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics. The legend, who won two Pichichi trophies, is a role model for many youngsters worldwide. 

Here are the most interesting 

facts about Raul Gonzalez

 you might want to know.

Facts you need to know Raul Gonzalez

Let's take a look at the top facts about Raul Gonzalez. Facts like Raul Gonzalez birthday, wife, Instagram, which may be fascinating to football lovers.

Raul Gonzalez Age and Biography at point

  • Full Name:

    Raul Gonzalez Blanco

  • Nickname:

    El Capitan (The Captain), El Angel de Madrid (The Angel of Madrid)

  • Date of Birth:

    27 June 1977

  • Age:

    43 years

  • Place of Birth:

    Madrid, Spain

  • Nationality:

    Spanish

  • Height & Weight:

    1.80 m/75 kg

  • Parents:

    Pedro Gonzalez, Maria Luisa Blanco

  • Wife:

    Mamen Sanz (married 1999)

  • Children:

    Jorge Gonzalez Redondo, Hugo Gonzalez Redondo, Hector Gonzalez Redondo, Maria Gonzalez Redondo, Mateo Gonzalez Redondo

  • Occupation:

    Football manager, Former professional footballer

  • Playing Position:

    Striker

  • Club(s):

    As a player (San Cristobal, Atletico, Madrid Real Madrid, Schalke 04, Al Sadd, New York Cosmos)/As manager: Real Madrid U15s, Real Madrid Castilla

  • Net Worth:

    $100 million

Jersey/Kit Number:

7

Raul Gonzalez Childhood

The first part of our article on

facts about Raul Gonzalez

is about his childhood.

Raul Gonzalez birthday

is on 27 June 1977, in Madrid, Spain. Raul grew up in a small district in the capital. His father, Pedro Gonzalez, was an electrician, and his mother was Maria Luisa Blanco. 

Raul Gonzalez family

support his dream during Raul's childhood. "My father was an electrician; we were a working-class family. He was with me all the way through the early days – he drove me to matches, he supported me. He was demanding, but he would always encourage me. Families are such an important source of support." Raul Gonzalez family saw his talent in football and led him to football.

Raul said about his childhood, "I think I started playing football before I was born. My mother used to call me in to eat, and I wouldn't want to come in! We always had a football at home. Until I was 11, my football education was with friends on the street." He continued: "If I didn't have friends to play with on any occasion, I'd kick a ball against the wall. The wall was my best friend. If I managed a good shot, the ball would come back to me, if it was a bad shot, I would have to go and fetch the ball."

When he was a young boy, he joined San Cristobal, and after a brief spell at that team, Raul moved to 

Atletico Madrid

, the team that his father was a fan of. In 1992 he moved to Real Madrid's Cadete team.

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Raul Gonzalez Career Stats

After reviewing

Raul Gonzalez childhood

, let's take a look at

Raul Gonzalez career stats

, that is, one of the significant facts about Raul Gonzalez. When

Raul Gonzalez age

was 17 his professional career started with Real Madrid C due to his extraordinary performances (16goals in nine games), Jorge Valdano brought him to the first team, becoming the youngster player ever to play for the first team, however later Alberto Rivera broke Raul record.

The legend won six La Liga titles, Supercopa de Espana on four occasions, UEFA Champions League title four times, one UEFA Super Cup, as well as two Intercontinental Cups during his 17 years at Real Madrid.

Raul Gonzalez, who took over the whites' captaincy in 2003, scored 323 times in 741 appearances that he made for Real Madrid, becoming the club's second top scorer of all time behind CR7.

Finally, in July 2010, the club announced the captain's departure. "It's a hard day for me. I feel like a footballer still, and I will keep on playing, but I will always be loyal to Real Madrid. I have tried to give everything in my time here. Being a Real Madrid player is the greatest dream you can imagine. Today more than ever, I want everybody to know that in every move, dribble, turn, or gesture on the field of play, I tried to give the best I could," said Raul.

After he departed from the Los Blancos, he had an offer from a Russian club, or football fans thought Raul was going to choose

Qatar

or the United States; he chose

Schalke 04

because the German team was supposed to participate in the 2010–11 UEFA Champions League.

On 28 July 2010, the legend moved to Schalke 04 under Felix Magath on a two-year contract. The German manager said about Raul joining, "It's great news for FC Schalke 04, I am pleased that we have succeeded in signing such an exceptional footballer and world-class striker switching to the Bundesliga for Schalke 04."

On 1 August 2010, Raul made his debut against

Bayern Munich

, scoring his first goal. The Spanish striker won one DFB-Pokal title and the 2011 DFL-Supercup, scoring 40 goals and providing 21 assists in 98 appearances that he made for the German club.   

In May 2012, the lagend joined

Al Sadd

, winning the Qatar Stars League title and the 2014 Emir of Qatar Cup. He scored 11 goals in 44 appearances that he made for the Qatari club. In March 2014, the captain announced his retirement, but a couple of months later, he joined

New York Cosmos

, and a year later, Raul finally hung up his boots.

He won one North American Soccer League title, the 2015 North American Supporters' Trophy, and the 2015 Soccer Bowl during a year in the American club. Raul Gonzalez scored nine goals and provided three assists for his teammate in 32 appearances that he made for New York Cosmos.

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"Playing soccer has been part of my life for so long and the decision to retire is not an easy one, but I believe it is the right time. I'm thankful to everyone who has supported me throughout my career, and I look forward to playing my final games with the New York Cosmos over the coming weeks," the legend said about his retirement. 

At the international level, Raul began his career at the age of 17 and made his debut at the 1995 FIFA U-20 World Cup, netting three times in five appearances. On 9 October 1996, the legend played for the first time for Spain senior team against the

Czech Republic

.

At two UEFA European competitions and three FIFA World Cups, the captain accompanied the Spain national team, scoring 44 goals in 102 appearances that he made for the team. He is Spain national team's second top scorer in history behind David Villa. 

His notable individual achievements:

La Liga's Breakthrough Player (1994–95), Zarra Trophy (four times), La Liga's Best Spanish Player (five times), Pichichi Trophy (1998–99, 2000–01), IFFHS World's Top Goal Scorer (1999), top goalscorer in UEFA Euro 2000 qualifying, UEFA Champions League top goalscorer (two times), as well as UEFA Club Forward of the Year (three times).   

Raul Gonzalez Managerial Career

Raul Gonzalez was named the coach of Real Madrid's youth side on 17 August 2018, and the following year he became Real Madrid Castilla's manager.

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Raul Gonzalez Net worth & Salary

In this part, we will take a look at

Raul Gonzalez salary

and net worth, which is one of the fascinating

facts about Raul Gonzalez

.

Widely known as the captain, Raul Gonzalez regarded as one of the greatest forwards of his generation. As of 2020,

Raul Gonzalez net worth

is estimated at around $100 million. Raul Gonzalez salary is $7,000,000 per year.  

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Raul Gonzalez Children & Wife

Raul Gonzalez wife

, Mamen Sanz, was born on 23 June 1976. The couple started dating back in 1997, and they got married in 1999. Raul Gonzalez is a family man, and he loves spending time with his wife and children. In the case of

Raul Gonzalez children

, you might know that he has five children. Raul Gonzalez wife, a Spanish model, gave birth to their first child, Jorge, in 2001; Raul and Mamen named him after Jorge Valdano, a Real Madrid legend.

Three years later, the couple welcomed their second child, Hugo, and was named after Hugo Sanchez. Raul and Mamen's twin Mateo and Hector were born on 17 November 2005. Mateo was named after Lothar Matthaus. The couple welcomed their daughter, Maria, in 2009. 

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Facts about Raul Gonzalez you did not know about

  • Raul Gonzalez nickname

Raul Gonzalez nickname is given to him by his fans. He is widely known as El Capitan (The Captain), El Angel de Madrid (The Angel of Madrid).

  • Raul Gonzalez tattoo

The most interesting fact about Raul Gonzalez tattoo is that unlike many famous footballers, he has yet to have any tattoos on his body.

  • Raul Gonzalez Instagram account

The captain, like many football players, is active on Instagram. Raul Gonzalez Instagram account (

@raulgonzalez

) has around 2 M followers.

  • Raul Gonzalez height

Raul Gonzalez height is 1.80, and also his weight is 75 kg.

One of the fascinating facts about Raul Gonzalez is his goal celebration. Whenever the legend scored a goal, he kissed his wedding ring as a tribute to his wife, Mamen Sanz.

He set many records during his playing career. The legend didn't receive a red card during his playing time, and also, the captain is Real Madrid's most capped player with 741 appearances.

Like many other footballers, the Spanish striker is superstitious. For having luck, the legend first wears the left shoe.

Raul Gonzalez Quotes

One of the most amusing parts of SportMob's article on facts about Raul Gonzalez is a look back at his most controversial quotes.

On parents' pressure on their children:

"I'm happy that I was eventually able to give joy and a better life to my parents – some children suffer disillusionment and frustration when playing football, because of what their parents might say to them. They become afraid of making mistakes – and the only way that you learn is to actually make those mistakes!"

On his interest in football:

"I've always tried to be a respectful person. I tried to live the values that I had learned at an early stage. I've certainly been passionate about what I do, but I try to respect others – football gave me that."

"Passion has driven me in life, because I didn't consider myself as the most talented player. Talent isn't everything… you really have to have the passion."

On football academies:

"It's very important nowadays that the youngsters are educated and taught in the right way. There are now loads of academies and places to play. I think that all of the academies and clubs, where children begin to play from a very young age – at six, seven or eight – have a big responsibility.”

On fight for dreams:

"I had a really clear aim – to be a footballer and have a career. And I feel privileged to have realized my dreams. I would encourage boys and girls to work hard and fight for their own dreams."

Raul Gonzalez Transfer Market

One of the fascinating facts about Raul Gonzalez is his transfer market. According to the

Raul Gonzalez transfer market

, he played a total of 916 games for four clubs, scoring 384 times and providing 136 assists for his teammates.

On the international level, the captain scored 44 goals in 102 appearances that he made for Spain national team.

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