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Cosmos send Raul out a winner

2015-11-16 11:24
Raul Gonzalez (File)

New York - Former Real Madrid great Raul went into retirement in style on Sunday as his New York Cosmos beat the Ottawa Fury 3-2 to win the NASL title in his final match.

The 38-year-old, a multiple La Liga and Champions League winner with Real Madrid, played the full game, setting up third goal of Gaston Cellerino's hat-trick with a delicate flick.

The Cosmos claimed their second North American Soccer League Soccer Bowl title, to go with the one they captured in 2013.

While Raul was the man of the moment, Cellerino was the man of the match, which also sent Spain's Marcos Senna into retirement a winner.

Raul began his pro career at Real Madrid in 1994 and spent 16 years with the Spanish side, sparking the capital side to six La Liga crowns, four Spanish Super Cups and three UEFA Champions League titles.

He departed in 2010 as Real Madrid's all-time top goal scorer with 323, before recently being equalled by Cristiano Ronaldo on September 30.

After netting 40 goals in 98 matches for Germany's Schalke 04 and helping the Bundesliga side to the 2011 Champions League semi-finals, he departed in 2012 for Qatari side Al-Sadd and retired in 2014 only to make a comeback late last year with the Cosmos.

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