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Raúld to Glory – The GOAT Arrives

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BRISTOL86
8954 posts League Winner
edited September 2018
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Raúl González Blanco

What needs to be said about this beautiful man?

A man who has won 6 La Liga titles, 4 Supercopa de España finals and 3 UEFA Champions League finals, as well as 2 Intercontinental Cups and the UEFA Super Cup for good measure.

A man who, for so many years, was THE symbol of arguably the most iconic football club of all time, Bristol City Real Madrid.

Captain, leader, winner.

The name Raúl should be synonymous with greatness if you’re as old as I am, however I appreciate that I’m something of a dinosaur of the forums, and many of you will have never had the opportunity to bask in the glory of Raúl in his prime.

The fact that the great one never won a Ballon D’or is to this day a matter of national outrage in his native Spain.

But don’t just take my word for it.

“He is a winner. He is the inheritance of Real Madrid”

- Fabio Capello

“When he plays, in his mind there is only the goal; it’s the football essence”

- Thierry Henry

“I think he is the greatest player to have ever played the game. He walks on the turf and astounds. It is utterly amazing”

- Luis Figo

“I think Raúl is the best player in the world”

- Sir Alex Ferguson

Raúl made more appearances for Real Madrid than any other player in history, and was only eclipsed as Los Blancos’ all-time top goalscorer by a certain Cristiano Ronaldo. Between 1994 and 2010, he made a whopping 741 appearances for Real Madrid in all competitions, netting 323 times, and is the third highest scorer of all time in the UEFA Champions League - behind only Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

The great Cristiano Ronaldo said himself to Raúl, “For me, you were always the number one”.

The fact that he is adored and cherished by the Madrista, despite beginning his career on the wrong side of the city is testament to the legacy he left behind.

As Jorge Valdano - the manager that gave him his senior debut - once said, “He is the people, the incarnation of Madridismo. Even if he did start off playing for Atlético!

Aged just 17, and with Real Madrid facing an injury crisis, Raul said to his then coach Valdano, “If you want to win, play me. If not, put someone else in”. The less said about that disastrous debut the better, but from that moment, a seed had been watered and a legacy born.
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Why Raúl?

Well, quite aside from the fact that he’s clearly the GOAT of my generation, this story begins back in the mid-90s, and with childhood holidays to the Canary Islands. Most of the tourist facing workers on the islands came from the Spanish mainland, and everyone was Barcelona or Real Madrid mad.

My brother and I plied our trade on the concrete football courts in the scorching Canarian sun, imagining that we were playing in El Clasico, with the league title at stake.

In the true fashion of sibling rivalry, my brother and I nailed our colours to opposite masts pretty quickly. My brother, a couple of years earlier, had opted for “Stoichkov 8” on his fake Barcelona shirt that he found at the local market, and when the time came, there was only one shirt I was interested in, and it had “Raul 7” on the back. And this was no knock off from the local Mercado, oh ‘No, Señor!’.

This was the ‘Real’ deal. The fact that it antagonised my brother was just a happy side effect.

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We’ll gloss over the fact that just a couple of years earlier, I too was sporting a knock off Barca shirt with “Koeman 4” on the back. Kids are so fickle, aren't they?

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Yes that’s really me in the photos, and I really did actually choose that hairstyle myself. There will be no further comment on the matter :joy:

It was against this slumdog, impoverished, humble background of luxury winter holidays and expensive replica football shirts that a dream was born, and as soon as I saw that he was in FIFA19, I knew the only thing that a simple street urchin such as myself could do was to spend a lot of money so that I could buy a completely worthless intangible card as soon as I possibly could, and use him all year, even though Andre Gray is probably better if FIFA18 is anything to go by.

What’s the plan?

Not sure really, that's where you come in. I was thinking about starting off with a couple of cheap teams around the GOAT (say no more than 5k per player), then something like for every 25 goals the GOAT scores, I can replace one player in each team with a player up to 85 OVR. On that basis it’d take 250 goals to upgrade the teams with up to 85 OVR players, then another 250 goals to upgrade again to up to 90 OVR players.

If I hate a player, or I’m trying different formations, or I’m just bored of the team, I get to swap a player out for a replacement, as long as the OVR is no higher than the departing player.

500 goals would be a lot for me - I’m not a top player, winning 30 games in the WL every week, so it’ll take me a longer than a lot of people to hit these milestones. If you’re looking for insane records or whatever then this isn’t the thread for you to follow! I play FUT for a bit of fun mainly and most of the time don’t take myself too seriously. I like trying out a wide range of players rather than refusing to use players because they’re not “meta”.

The games will be played in a mix of FUT Rivals / Weekend League (if applicable) / Squad Battles (WC/Legendary – I used to play on Legendary in 18 and normally won most games but this year even Professional seems hard going for me as the AI seems a lot more overpowered).

I'm open to all ideas though so if you have any thoughts on how I could make this as much fun as possible then I'm all ears!
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Comments

  • Knowlesdinho
    12894 posts Has That Special Something
    But, but, there’s only one GOAT, and @James Libby has taken him :joy:

    Good luck mate, nice write up.
  • BRISTOL86
    8954 posts League Winner
    To each man, his own GOAT!
  • Antparry92
    18919 posts World Class
    Will 100% follow. Funnily enough a holiday when I was 8 is the reason I still follow Porto to this day haha
  • BRISTOL86
    8954 posts League Winner
    Antparry92 wrote: »
    Will 100% follow. Funnily enough a holiday when I was 8 is the reason I still follow Porto to this day haha

    Haha quality. Love stuff like that.
  • Gamble
    533 posts An Exciting Prospect
    After seeing your posts in the icons thread, i'm glad you finally got him!
  • BRISTOL86
    8954 posts League Winner
    Gamble wrote: »
    After seeing your posts in the icons thread, i'm glad you finally got him!

    Thanks man! :+1:
  • CraigB85
    1725 posts Play-Off Hero
    Congrats mate!

    Look forward to following this
  • James Libby
    6494 posts Big Money Move
    I like your style. I like your moves.

    Good luck in your GOATing!

  • jenksiee123
    23202 posts Club Captain
    Did you buy the one for 1.5 mill before? I'm on the prowl looking for him as well
  • BRISTOL86
    8954 posts League Winner
    I like your style. I like your moves.

    Good luck in your GOATing!

    And to you :)
  • BRISTOL86
    8954 posts League Winner
    Did you buy the one for 1.5 mill before? I'm on the prowl looking for him as well

    1.625m mate, missed a fresh one for just under 1.6 by seconds.
  • jenksiee123
    23202 posts Club Captain
    BRISTOL86 wrote: »
    Did you buy the one for 1.5 mill before? I'm on the prowl looking for him as well

    1.625m mate, missed a fresh one for just under 1.6 by seconds.

    One went for 1.5 about an hour ago and my stuff didn't sell in time. Raging. I'll keep an eye on your thread to see how he is :+1:
  • BRISTOL86
    8954 posts League Winner
    BRISTOL86 wrote: »
    Did you buy the one for 1.5 mill before? I'm on the prowl looking for him as well

    1.625m mate, missed a fresh one for just under 1.6 by seconds.

    One went for 1.5 about an hour ago and my stuff didn't sell in time. Raging. I'll keep an eye on your thread to see how he is :+1:

    Ah bugger! Good luck on your search mate. I honestly don't care what he goes for from this point, I don't think I'll ever sell him. Only played a SB game so far but he's ridiculous.
  • BRISTOL86
    8954 posts League Winner
    @RealM meant to tag you in this mate !
  • RealM
    6156 posts Big Money Move
    Lovely job. Got my code just now so finally get to play the game. Just been sat on the app trading so going to be a while before I get him I think :(
    Unless he becomes the first Icon I ever pack B)
  • BRISTOL86
    8954 posts League Winner
    RealM wrote: »
    Lovely job. Got my code just now so finally get to play the game. Just been sat on the app trading so going to be a while before I get him I think :(
    Unless he becomes the first Icon I ever pack B)

    That’s the spirit ;)
  • BRISTOL86
    8954 posts League Winner
    Anyone got any ideas for a good starter team around him, or any specific ideas for how to structure the RTG? Really not sure what to do
  • VanBasten12
    6784 posts Big Money Move
    Good luck mate!
  • VanBasten12
    6784 posts Big Money Move
    BRISTOL86 wrote: »
    Anyone got any ideas for a good starter team around him, or any specific ideas for how to structure the RTG? Really not sure what to do

    Depends on what formation your preference is?

    I wouldn't see him as the lone striker option. But, I would try him use as a F9 - looks perfect for that position - given that wing play is probably better this year.
  • Pauldejong6
    7312 posts Big Money Move
    BRISTOL86 wrote: »
    Anyone got any ideas for a good starter team around him, or any specific ideas for how to structure the RTG? Really not sure what to do

    Depends on coins available I guess? Raul was a perfect false 9 I think.
  • Antparry92
    18919 posts World Class
    Start off with bronzes then have a format of improving the team for however many goals/assists/wins you get with him
  • BRISTOL86
    8954 posts League Winner
    BRISTOL86 wrote: »
    Anyone got any ideas for a good starter team around him, or any specific ideas for how to structure the RTG? Really not sure what to do

    Depends on what formation your preference is?

    I wouldn't see him as the lone striker option. But, I would try him use as a F9 - looks perfect for that position - given that wing play is probably better this year.

    I’ve always leaned towards lone striker formations. False 9 might be a good shout though I’ve never really got on with it in the past.
    Antparry92 wrote: »
    Start off with bronzes then have a format of improving the team for however many goals/assists/wins you get with him

    Yeah I like that concept but I can’t be dealing with bronzes haha, I only like using players I know tbh. Could start off with an all 75 team then upgrade gradually.
  • BRISTOL86
    8954 posts League Winner
    This is one filthy GOAT.

    It literally feels like you press shoot from anywhere and there's a good chance it's going in (though I know that's true of most players right now....he still feels very special). His shooting technique just feels phenomenal.

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  • Joestoe
    6667 posts Big Money Move
    Favorite player of all time (except for Cruijff). A true gentleman and a world class player.
  • BRISTOL86
    8954 posts League Winner
    Joestoe wrote: »
    Favorite player of all time (except for Cruijff). A true gentleman and a world class player.

    Preach brother!
  • Nen
    4538 posts Moderator
    Love this. Will follow!
    I hope he lives up to your own hype!
  • BRISTOL86
    8954 posts League Winner
    Nen wrote: »
    Love this. Will follow!
    I hope he lives up to your own hype!

    Me too :lol:
  • iWiggle
    535 posts An Exciting Prospect
    What is the price for Raul right now, trying to get one myself as well. There is only one on the market right now with starting bid 1.78.
  • BRISTOL86
    8954 posts League Winner
    iWiggle wrote: »
    What is the price for Raul right now, trying to get one myself as well. There is only one on the market right now with starting bid 1.78.

    He dipped to about 1.5 Friday night but seems to be back to 1.7-1.8ish now when I’ve looked
  • iWiggle
    535 posts An Exciting Prospect
    BRISTOL86 wrote: »
    iWiggle wrote: »
    What is the price for Raul right now, trying to get one myself as well. There is only one on the market right now with starting bid 1.78.

    He dipped to about 1.5 Friday night but seems to be back to 1.7-1.8ish now when I’ve looked

    Thanks man
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