Quoted from Guillem Balague (Spanish football expert and Sky sports pundit for those who dont know who he is):
"When you hear about the importance of Raul, that tends to be followed by a bunch of impressive statistics. But he is something else: the cleverest football brain in Spain.
In the last month(October) he has assisted Owen, playing behind him, sometimes on the right but mainly on the left, in two-and-a-half matches (the second-half against Betis, Dinamo Kiev and Valencia). He was the main reason why the most offensive team in history (with Zidane, Raul, Ronaldo, Owen, Guti, Roberto Carlos and Figo, I bet you cannot find another one to match it) managed to get two one-nils in a row. He has balanced the squad by working hard like a midfielder would do and also had the time to look upfront and see Owen run into space (against Valencia). He is a great, nobody should doubt him ever"
And I totally agree. Ive see him play pretty my every week and can tell u he brings so much to the game and whenever hes not playing real madrid arent the same. The reason they havent been successful lately is more to do with matters off the pitch then on the pitch.
And the reason many of you think he is overrated is that the higher you rise the bigger the fall which happens with most quality footballers.
Just wanted to add more of Guillem's wise words about world player of year award:
"Those awards tend to be given to someone who appears at the right time - a World Cup or a European final. They are not very football-like because they do not appreciate the work put up in a whole year (that is why Raul has never won it). In fact, what an unfootballing thing it is giving an individual prize: the game is collective and the season is only halfway through. If I had to choose I would pick Ronaldinho and Wayne Rooney. Although their level has been irregular to say the least, especially in the case of Rooney, these are the two footballers that have reinstated my faith in the game - they add magic, surprise, cheekiness. They are playing in the street even when they are in the biggest football situations."
Il accept Raul is a world class player when i see him perform like he does for Real for a club which isnt flooded with the worlds best or powers Spain to international glory. Most people could look fairly decent playing alongisde figo,ronaldo,beckham,zidane etc.
You think *you've* got it bad? Pfft. Imagine supporting Cambridge or Wrexham.
Yeah, I support Lincoln, and there's a few others knocking about here - Kingslaw supports Stockport and Expression's a Mansfield fan.
Yah. Nadal all the way!
Can't wait for his (potential) match with Federer! =)