Raul Garcia of Athletic Bilbao moved previous Actual Madrid legend and namesake Raul Gonzalez (550) to go third on the record of La Liga appearances.
Garcia bettered the Actual Madrid icon’s variety of top-flight appearances along with his begin towards Valencia earlier than including two extra caps to his title towards subsequent video games towards Granada and boyhood membership CA Osasuna.
Garcia began off his profession at Osasuna and performed the vast majority of his soccer on the senior stage for Atletico Madrid earlier than becoming a member of the Basque giants.
The Pamplona born participant began off his profession with house city membership Osasuna below the steerage of Javier Aguirre, whom he adopted to Atletico Madrid years later.
Former Spain and Osasuna participant Patxi Punal, who noticed Garcia coming via the ranks at Los Rojillos recollects his impression of the boy from the Basque nation.
“I couldn’t inform you the precise 12 months we met; I’d been taking part in for some years already when Raul appeared on the scene.”, begins Punal.
“He was already taking part in just like the participant he’s at present. He demonstrated his high quality at a very younger age.”, the midfielder remembers.
Punal was satisfied that Garcia would go on to realize grand issues even when the participant was a younger boy beginning to ply his commerce for Osasuna.
“With some gamers, it’s onerous to see how they’ll prove, however not with Raul. Ever since he was a child it was clear he’d go on to nice issues.”
Garcia who turns 36 come July of this 12 months nonetheless has it in him to hold on for an additional couple of years feels Punal.
“Even at this stage of his profession, he’s obtained sufficient within the tank to go on for some years extra. I believe Raul can play soccer for so long as he desires.”
The industrious participant confirmed evident glimpses of his high quality and attributes from a really younger age. And Punal senses that Garcia isn’t achieved but.
“Raul has all the time been a hard-working man and really centered on his goals. He didn’t come simply to make associates. He got here to coach onerous.”, recollects Punal.
“He needed to be an expert, and a superb skilled at that. And he’s achieved that. Raul will go on taking part in for so long as he desires.”
The Pamplona native has the third most appearances within the Spanish top-flight behind solely legendary goalkeeper Andoni Zubizarreta and Actual Betis icon Joaquin.