Real Madrid striking legend Raul returned to his boy-hood club with his current team Al Sadd for the Santiago Bernabeu Trophy and there was a mood of celebration around the stadium as they greeted their home-coming son with open arms.
Madrid lined up with their former star forward for the first 45 minutes and it turned out exactly as everyone had hoped for, as the 36-year-old scored the opening goal of the match with a well struck volley after a deft touch to control Angel Di Maria's lofted through ball over the defence.
Speaking after the match to Marca, Raul advised the club to stay united in order to achieve their objectives and revealed a role for himself at the club in the future.
"I fought for Real every day for 16 years. I felt a lot of love today. I'm even more indebted," said the striker.
"It's been incredible. I was really looking forward to being on the pitch. Many thanks to the club, the team, the coaching staff. I have felt like a Real Madrid player. It's been very special.
"This is my home and when I have something to offer, I'll be back. I don't see it happening as a player!
"Florentino has made me the offer of coming home. Until I do, I'll be watching as a fan and will follow every game just like any other Madrid supporter."
Madrid went on to win the match 5-0 with Karim Benzema, Jese Rodriguez and Isco also netting in the second half.
Voicing his thoughts about club captain Iker Casillas' current situation at the club where he finds himself in the bench, Raul said he believes the 32-year-old is going through something new which he had never experienced before, but also expects him fight back and regain his spot between the sticks soon enough.
"Iker is a great professional and team-mate and is experiencing something new," he told the club's official website.
"But with hard work and effort he will be back helping Real Madrid to achieve their objectives."
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