NEWS | 29/10/2019The madridista legend sat down with Realmadrid.com to reflect on 29 October 1994, when he made his competitive first-team debut at La Romareda.
On the 25th anniversary of his Real Madrid debut and posing at the Alfredo Di Stéfano alongside the shirt he wore on that day in Zaragoza, Raúl told Realmadrid.com about his debut and time at the club. The team's number 7 recalls 29 October 1994 in the following terms: "It was a one-off moment and it's the most special one because without it, I wouldn't have been able to go on and have the career that I dreamed of and which lasted so many years. All of the dreams I'd had about being a footballer came true on that day".
"A lot of memories come to mind about where I lived, I was very young, I was pretty much a kid, and the dreams that I had from a really young age came true as I pulled on that shirt on 29 October in Zaragoza. When I see that shirt, a lot of memories about things I experienced as a child come flooding back".
"Zaragoza… What a coincidence it was, it was there that I played my first and last game. In the first one I had a hatful of chances and didn't score and in my last appearance in a Real Madrid shirt, with an injured ankle and in the move just before I came off, I ran towards their goal, Cristiano passed me the ball and I managed to score what was my last goal and it was in that very same stadium. My first and last game in a Real Madrid shirt was in Zaragoza. I have a lot of affection for the city and La Romareda".
"In my first season, I wore the number 17 shirt, when the shirts had the players' names and numbers on the back. During [Fabio] Capello's time in charge, he took over in 1996, I already wore the number 7 and it was a bit of a responsibility because that shirt had been worn by Madrid legends whose names are etched into the memory of all madridistas. It was always a constant responsibility, not only to wear the number 7 shirt but to wear the Real Madrid crest".
Raúl and goals go hand-in-hand
"Fortunately, I scored a lot of goals, but I always remember my first one, just like I remember the shirt from 29 October, from my debut in Zaragoza. What really excited me was to be able to run out at the Bernabéu and score my first goal, which, what's more, came against Atlético Madrid in a derby. It was marvellous and incredible and came following a Laudrup pass. I'm able to remember it time and time again, as if I was watching it live right now. And then there's the goal in the Intercontinental Cup and the ones I scored in the Champions League finals. I'm sure that many of them, in one way or another, helped the team to three points, or towards a LaLiga title or to edged us towards the Champions League crown. Fortunately I managed to score a lot of goals, but the most important thing is the journey and the fact that I really enjoyed myself throughout my career.