The Real Madrid legend says the Catalans’ success in Europe is good for Spanish football
Real Madrid legend Raul has revealed he was delighted to see Barcelona win the Champions League last season.
Raul was a three-time winner of Europe’s biggest club competition during his 16-year spell with Madrid between 1994 and 2010.
However, the 38-year-old insists he can still take pleasure in seeing Barca succeed in Europe, as they did last season, because he believes it benefits Spanish football.
“When they [Barca] win the Champions League, I am glad. In the end it is a Spanish team and I have no problem saying that publicly,” said Raul in an interview with Vanity Fair.
“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.”