Raul is a Spanish football legend, a man who has won every trophy at the club level. He is mainly known to fans for his game for Real Madrid, whose matches are always covered on the sports statistics website, where soccer livescore results are presented in as much detail as possible.
For a long time, Raul was the top scorer in the history of the Champions League. Then came the era of Ronaldo and Messi, and the legendary Spaniard lost this title. However, he is still in the top 10 best scorers in the history of this tournament. However, even such great players as Messi and Ronaldo couldn’t surpass Raul’s other goalscoring achievements. He was the youngest player to make a hat-trick in the history of the Champions League.
Raul scored his first hat-trick in the Champions League at the age of 18 years and 114 days. It happened in the season 1995/96. Then, at the group stage, Real hosted Ferencvaros and defeated the Hungarian club with the score of 6:1. The young scorer became the main player of the evening.
Raul managed to score that hat-trick thanks to:
- Excellent speed. He often simply ran away from the defenders and didn’t leave them a chance. Fast and agile forward moved on the field much faster than the defenders of the Hungarian club.
- Skills. Dribbling helped the Spaniard get away from opponents. Thanks to this, he entered operational space and regularly hit the gates of the Hungarians.
- Great hit. No wonder Raul’s three shots at once was an insoluble task for the Ferencváros goalkeeper.
As the following seasons showed, that hat-trick was just the beginning of the goalscoring career of one of the best forwards of the generation.
How Raul helped Real Madrid return to the European greatness
Despite the fact that in the 1990s Real Madrid remained the most titled club in terms of the number of victories in the Champions League, the team didn’t win this trophy for more than 30 years. Only in 1998, the club finally won the cup for the 7th time in history. Now you can find out livescores of all soccer matches and watch the current success of the team.
As for the times when Raul played at the club, Real Madrid bosses quickly realized that the young Spaniard was the player to count on. He is skilful, fast and has leadership qualities. No wonder it was Raul who was one of the main stars of the team, which in 1998-2002 won the Champions League three times.
The Spaniard left Real Madrid only in 2010, when Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka and other new generation stars came to the club. Raul moved to Schalke. There, the Spaniard also showed himself very well in the Champions League, where he helped the team reach the semifinals. Therefore, the striker’s career was eventful and successful, and his name will forever remain in the history of football.