The 38-year-old, who spent 18 successful years with Los Blancos before leaving the Spanish giants in 2010, has revealed he feels “glad” whenever Barça win the Champions League.
The Catalan giants won the European Cup for the fifth time last season - the fourth time they’ve won club football’s most prestigious trophy in nine years - but Raul felt pleased for Real Madrid’s fiercest rivals.
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"When they [Barca] win the Champions League, I am glad,” Raul in an interview with Vanity Fair, according to Goal. “In the end it is a Spanish team and I have no problem saying that publicly.
"The rivalry helps the two clubs: Barca would not be without Madrid and vice versa – they need each other. Why would I wish harm to anyone? It is not within my personality."
Refreshing comments from Raul
Raul’s surprisingly honest comments are refreshing. It’s hard to imagine any current member of the Real Madrid playing squad - or coaching staff, for that matter - admitting Barcelona’s Champions League success last season was a good thing for Spanish football.
The rivalry between Spanish football’s big two is intense and has been for decades now, but Barcelona fans will have new-found respect for Raul after his latest admission.
Raul enjoyed Clasico rivalry
The former striker, who retired in November, has also admitted that he enjoyed the rivalry between Barcelona and Real Madrid when he was at the Bernabeu and paid tribute to Pep Guardiola.
“The rivalry was very nice, the same as it was with [Carles] Puyol or Xavi," Raul added. "Pep and I played together for the national team and there was always chemistry. He is one of the best coaches in history."
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