Real Madrid Stiker Raul Receives Marca Legend Award

The forward answered questions from the press and fans at the ceremony...
Real Madrid forward, Raul, has received the Marca legend award this evening at the first ever Marca open forum.

The event invited readers, members of the press and other interested to come and speak to players and Raul answered plenty of questions on the night.

Most significantly, the forward spoke about the league and admitted that the main goal for them is to reach El Clasico with "as small a gap as possible".

With regards to the derby game against Atletico Madrid this weekend the skipper declared that it will be a "difficult" match but that he thinks his side will "win".

The Spaniard recognised that Atletico will be boosted by their win over Barcelona and acknowledged the scoring talent that they have.

As for the game at Anfield in the Champions League, which takes place in a week the forward declared "it is clear, we must score two goals".

"The defeat [in the first-leg was tough to take, because we had a lot of desire, but we know that we will have our chances and we will not give up. The history of Madrid obliges us to play 90 minutes, 120, whatever it might be. We have the capacity to win everything," he declared.

Certainly Raul has won plenty in his time with Madrid already, and he outlined what he has his eyes on in the future.

"I would like to win another Copa Del Rey, as I have lost two finals," he said.

"I have a contract until 2011 and then I will decide about what I do, both in the interests of my family and myself. My intention is stay connected to the club but if I leave, I would like to go further than the Premier League, to somewhere like the United States."

Along with club issues there were also plenty of questions about his future with the Spanish national team, and whether or not he has one.

The Real Madrid man was very clear when asked if he would play as a third striker, giving a quick "yes" as a reply.

"It is a very easy question. I would return as a third forward and would like the space too," he explained.

"If the coach calls me up, I will return with Spain, the number is irrelevant. I began playing with the number 10, but after missing the penalty against France I moved to 7. My desire is to be able to return if the coach sees fit."

He also spoke about the award he was receiving, and explained that it an honour, and he does not think he will win the Ballon d'Or in his career now.

"I am already too late. I have been close, but not anymore. I feel happy with the Marca legend award, that can be more important," he mused.

The number 7 is set to start against Atletico this weekend and will be hoping to extend his good recent form against the Champions League side.

James Walker-Roberts, Goal.com