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Real Madrid Legend Joins The New York Cosmos

The former Blancos striker will make the move to the United States from Qatar.

Real Madrid legend Raul has joined has joined the North American Soccer League’s New York Cosmos, according to American ESPN journalist Jeff Carlisle.

The Spanish star, who scored 323 goals in 550 Real games, before a successful spell at Schalke, joins from Qatari club Al Sadd.

 

Raul played for the Atletico Madrid youth setup before joining Real’s, where he progressed through the C and B teams and made his first team debut in 1994. In his 16 years at the Bernabeu he became a legend for his goalscoring exploits.

The Spanish striker is the Champions League’s all time top scorer with 71 goals, although his Real rival Cristiano Ronaldo is only one off his record after his goal at Anfield last week.

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The New York Cosmos play in the North American Soccer League, which is sanctioned by the US Soccer Federation as the league beneath the MLS.

The refounded Cosmos rejoined the league last years, with Pelé as honorary president and Eric Cantona as director of soccer.

Raul, who is 37, will join up with the club before the start of next season in April. According to Eurosport, part of his deal will involve coaching the Cosmos academy which will be founded next year.

 

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