Raul: Real Madrid have more than Cristiano Ronaldo

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Raul may be a Real Madrid legend, but it's clear that the former striker has mixed feelings when he looks at the club now.

In an interview with AS, Raul spoke of the divisions at the Santiago Bernabeu, but was also quick to insist that the club does not revolve around one man.

Cristiano Ronaldo has taken his place as Los Blancos' main attacker, last season breaking his goalscoring record.


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Life after Ronaldo 

That has led to accusations that boss Zinedine Zidane is too reliant on the Portuguese superstar, but Raul has attempted to put those claims to bed.

"There is definitely life after Ronaldo", he said.

"What Cristiano has been doing is huge, but Madrid have a great team with players who can still offer more. The important thing is that they keep working as a unit."

Ronaldo and Raul played just one season together in the Spanish capital, before the Spaniard was forced to move on to Schalke, eventually finishing his career in the MLS with the New York Cosmos.

CR7 has scored an incredible 260 goals since arriving from Manchester United in a then-world record transfer in 2009.

Division and tension 

Real have won La Liga just once in that time, under Jose Mourinho in the 2011-2012 season.

However, Raul also remembers the Special One's time in charge for another reason.

"In the third year, it was palpable that all was not well with division and tension," he added.

"When I was at the club there were too many people not in touch with reality."

Madrid fans will no doubt be delighted with their former hero's prediction that the team will continue to thrive even after Ronaldo is gone, but he has also brought some very real concerns to the fore.

Real have long been hindered by off-field politics and Raul is just one player who still bears the scars of that to this day.

Who will be Real's star man after Cristiano Ronaldo? Have your say in the comments. 

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