Raul Gonzalez is regarded by many as Zinedine Zidane‘s potential successor at Real Madrid when the Frenchman departs the club.
In just two years, the Spaniard has made the leap from Los Blancos‘ Cadete B (under-15s) side to Real Madrid Castilla.
However, this summer the club decided to place their confidence in him to lead the Juvenil A (under-19s) side in the UEFA Youth League final phase, following the departure of coach Dani Poyatos.
“This is an extraordinary team and we were very hungry to win this tournament,” Raul told the club’s media after Real Madrid beat Benfica in the final.
“This is comparable with some of the biggest moments I experienced as a player.
“It’s wonderful and I’d like to congratulate the lads, because this is a huge step in their careers.”
His wild celebration after the final whistle speaks volumes of the enthusiasm and dedication he has put into the club academy’s project.
Raul led Real Madrid to their first Youth League title since the tournament was founded in 2014 and he dedicated it to the people who work in La Fabrica.
“This is reward for all those people who have been working in the academy for many years,” Raul noted.
“This is for everyone.
“The Madrid fans have got behind us during this time without football, it’s been tough, but they gave us that extra energy we needed.”