Raul Tamudo, icon and legend Espanyol
One of the most charismatic Spanish players of recent times a few days ago announced his retirement. This is Raul Tamudo, who at 37 years and after stretching his professional career with an adventure through Mexico included, have decided it is time to leave football, at least within the field.
The Espanyol will use the occasion to pay due tribute to one of the most important players in its history . With the delivery of the insignia of gold and diamond club and the honor of performing the initial serve in the next game at home, no less than against Real Madrid, it will honor the one who is the top scorer in the history of parrot picture.
And that the early Raul Tamudo were not easy. Despite scoring on his debut in the First Division, take the final leap to the first team he was not easy and even went out on loan for two seasons, a Deportivo Alaves and one at Lleida. He took advantage of every young man in Santa Coloma, from the 1998-1999 season, be based on goals indisputable.
For nine consecutive seasons, Raul Tamudo did not lower the figure of 10 goals, reaching its best record in 19 over the course of 2003-2004. In the total of his career, only Espanyol’s first team, he reached 129 goals, making him the top scorer of the team, surpassing the 111 goals from Rafa Maranon, another historic Espanyol striker.
Many of these goals were very important. In the memory will always be with the goal that opened the scoring in the final of Copa del Rey in 2000, or that opened the scoring in the final of the same title but in 2006, both with Espanyol victory. He has also scored vital goals for permanence, as he did and playing for the Lightning, a goal that won a title for Real Madrid and even a goal that almost got to Spain at Euro 2008, one of the 13 games who played senior international.
Moreover, with 340 parties, is the most capped player has defended the shirt of Espanyol in the league. A club he left five years ago, almost by the back door, to keep playing at Real Sociedad, Rayo Vallecano in two stages, Pachuca of Mexico and finally the Sabadell.