“When I signed for the New York Cosmos in December, I said I would evaluate how I felt towards the end of the year and assess whether I would continue to play,” he said.

“My decision is to retire from playing at the end of this season. I am fully focused on finishing the season strong and helping the New York Cosmos win the NASL Championship. In the coming months I will decide the next step in my career.”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.”

Raul is most notable recognized for his 16 year run with Spanish giants Real Madrid during which time he collected a whopping six La Liga titles, three Champions League titles as well as six Spanish Super Cup titles. 

Later on he would go on to play for Bundesliga giants Schalke for two years as well as Qatari team Al-Sadd Sports Club for further two years after. In addition, Raul has been a star player for Spain’s national team where he scored 44 goals in 102 appearances. 

2015 Lunar New Year Cup - South China v New York Cosmos


In a statement regarding Raul’s time with the New York Cosmos, the teams’ head coach Giovanni Savarese said: “Raul is one of the world’s most iconic players. I knew when we signed him what he would bring on pitch but his knowledge, passion, professionalism and commitment has exceeded my expectations.

“In less than a year, Raul has become a big part of the team and he will always remain part of the Cosmos family.”