Back in 2007 a promising youngster was signed for Atlético Madrid. He was just 21-years-old and had come from Osasuna. He was an attacking minded midfielder, but was played out of position for most of his Atlético career.
He was booed and ridiculed by Atlético fans, but he never complained and fought to get to where he is now.
300 matches for Atlético and second captain for the team, boos are non-existent. They have been replaced by cheers and ovations. During the Simeone era, whenever he scores the team doesn’t lose. 27 victories and three draws, he is a talisman; the new number 7 for Spain. Raúl García, ladies and gentlemen, take a bow.
Not only has Raúl reached the 300 mark for the Rojiblancos but he is also the man with the most European appearances in an Atleti kit – 67 matches. Atlético’s number 8 is going into the history books.
Last season his goals were instrumental in allowing the Atleti faithful to dream about the League title. His goals against Villarreal and Valencia – both matches ended 1-0 with Raúl García goals – made the league title an ever-closer reality.
Simeone’s famous phrase of “if you believe and work hard then it’s possible” can be perfectly applied to Raúl García.
He believed he could make history, he worked hard and now the reality is a simple one.
A leader in the dressing room, a club captain, most appearances in Europe and a total of 300+ matches for the club.
Raúl García is no joke.