01 June 2010
Carlos Cristobal / Translation by Michael J. O'Donnell
Raul's biography, entitled Raúl, el triunfo de los valores (Raul, the triumph of values), is the second in the series started last year by a biography on Cristiano Ronaldo.
The book, written by journalist Enrique Ortego, was presented today in the Press Room of the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. Ortego's biography covers Raul's entire run on the first team, compiling stories, achievements and curious anecdotes. The book has been launched by the Real Madrid Foundation and publishers Everest.
Real Madrid President Florentino Perez sat next to Raul during the presentation. Others attending the act were Director General and former coach Jorge Valdano (who made Raul make his First Division debut in 1994), Honorary President Alfredo di Stefano, Sports Director Miguel Pardeza, Jose Mourinho, Madrid Deputy Mayor Manuel Cobo, Everest Director General Jose Antonio Lopez and Fernando Morientes, former Real Madrid player and personal friend of Raul.
"Raul is a Real Madrid legend. He will always remind me of Alfredo di Stefano. Raul is one of the most humane and professional people to come out of Real Madrid.”
"I've given the book this title because because Raul truly embodies a set of values, those previously embodied by Di Stefano, which have always made this club stand out."
"Today is very special for me. I am happy and proud with the publication of this book. I wish to thank the Honorary President because he is the man I most admire and whom I've always wanted to resemble. I also wish to thank the President for the affection he's always had for me."
"Raul has earned the respect of those of us who believe football is part of a culture that makes people better."
Jose Antonio Lopez
"Raul is one of the sportsmen who best represents the values of Real Madrid. We are all proud to publish this biography because his personal history has also been the history of Real Madrid during the past 15 years."