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The Bard's 100 Best Soccer Players: Raul (#63)

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The Pick: The Bard is back, and I have a soliloquoy for you tonight about Spain’s most spectacular striker ever, Raul. He’s plied his trade in La Liga for Real Madrid for over 550 games and he has scored in nearly half of them. He’s quite a collector of hardware (6 La Liga titles, 3 Champion’s League trophies) and he loves supporting his county (44 goals). In fact, he is so good that he is the all-time top scorer for (1) Spain, (2) La Liga, and (3) the Champion’s League. 

The Flick: So, why is he down here at #63? Well, although Raul scored in each of the three World Cups he played in, he also sometimes looked lost during those tourneys. He never won the Rimet, and that hurts you a good deal in my mind (and ranking formula). But, maybe I am wrong. You know who isn’t wrong for the part of Raul in my bio-flick? Nestor Carbonell. He looks a lot like him and he is very good at acting like he is immortal and “Lost” at the same time.

The Limerick: I don’t have the time to explain “Lost”, but here is a rhyme at no cost:

If a defense is butter, Raul is a steak knife

Madrid’s sharp utensil has a “contract for life”

‘Tis a very good deal

He’ll never appeal

Unlike that “contract for strife” with his wife

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