Raúl García bids emotional farewell to Atlético

Our midfield hero explains his decision to leave in special event

Raúl García says goodbye to Atlético (pic: clubatleticodemadrid.com)

Raúl García says goodbye to Atlético (pic: clubatleticodemadrid.com)

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!’

  • Kris

    Damn. I criticized many times his playing style, but this guy is an absolute professional and everything that Simeone wants from his player. Thank you Raul! You will forever be in our hearts.

  • Jeronamo Pakor Jones

    You and me both. He really grew on me tho, I’m gonna miss him

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    The club presented 7 trophies, but we all know he didn’t win Europa League 2011-12,
    he was on loan at Osasuna, but he did play 25 minutes over 2 games in the 3rd qualifying round against the Norwegian side Strømsgodset .
    I don’t know if it was enough to have that title under his name according to UEFA regulations, but let’s pretend it was .. he deserves it .
    7 titles it is .

  • Chewie

    Yes, if only for how brilliantly he did in Osasuna.

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    If we won the champions league this season, the same season Raul decided to leave, that will break my heart .. but I wish it gets broken !