Real Madrid and Spain legend Raul has signed for North American Soccer League side New York Cosmos.
Talking to the Cosmos website, the Spaniard spoke of his delight, saying: “Everyone throughout the soccer world knows the Cosmos name and the legacy of the players that played for this team previously. They helped establish soccer in America and I’m honoured to follow in their footsteps. I believe in this club’s vision and I’m excited to be a part of that.”
The 37-year-old had a distinguished career in Europe winning plenty of silverware with Real Madrid, including three Champions League titles, six La Liga titles. He made 738 appearances for Real, scoring 322 goals.
16 years after he broke into the Real Madrid first team, he joined Bundesliga side Schalke in 2010, spending two years at the club and helped them win the DFB Pokal. He then went on to play for a team in Doha called Al Sadd.
New York Cosmos coach, Giovanni Savarese, said: “We’re obviously thrilled to add a player of his quality to the team. Raúl’s skill and ability is world renowned. He’s a world-class player and he adds a whole new dimension to our attack.
“He also brings immense passion and knowledge that he can share with our team and with the next generation of Cosmos players in our youth academy. He’ll help set the academy training curriculum, structure and establish our player development pyramid.”
Raul is following in the footsteps of Pele, who played for the club between 1975 and 1977.