Atlético Madrid held a special event in the VIP room of the Vicente Calderón on Tuesday afternoon to mark the departure of Raúl García to Athletic.
It was attended by Enrique Cerezo, the coaching staff and most of the starting eleven, including Juanfran, Gabi, Tiago, Fernando Torres and Koke.
Eight years after moving to Atlético from Osasuna, Raúl moves to the Basque club after a personal request to los rojiblancos.
Our number eight won six trophies in his time with Atlético, including the Copa del Rey and the La Liga title.
“I want to thank everyone who has supported me since I came here,” said the legend, speaking to his assembled friends. “Fortunately, I got what I wanted, which was for people to know me personally.”
I leave proud of everything that I have achieved,” the 30-year-old said.
“The titles you have won with the team in the last decade are a great source of pride for us,” president Enrique Cerezo said. “Your number eight shirt will go down as part of Atlético Madrid history”.
“Goodbyes are sad, but today is a day for happiness because you’re going to a great team in which you will be able to continue to demonstrate what a great player you are. A team with which we share many things and whose own supporters helped found Atlético.”
This has been and will always be your home “, Cerezo finished.
Raúl Garcia understandably got very emotional when saying goodbye.
“The decision to leave was very difficult, but you have to consider everything as a whole,” the midfielder started.
“I’m going in search of continuity. I’m very competitive and I couldn’t settle for just playing from time to time.”
RG8 had a message for Atlético fans.
“The most impotant thing is that the fans support the players. We are all part of the club – we are a ship and we all sail in the same direction.”
He needn’t tell the fans that.
Raúl García posed with a commemorative jersey, emblazoned with ‘Gracias Raúl 8’ on the back, before he waved goodbye to Atlético Madrid – at least for now.
Farewell to ‘The Real Raúl!’