Raúl sets Madrid appearance record

As Raúl González sets Real Madrid CF's all-time appearance record in his 709th competitive match for the club against Olymqique de Marseille, uefa.com looks back over a remarkable career.

Raúl González is Madrid's all-time appearance record holder
Raúl González is Madrid's all-time appearance record holder ©Getty Images

"I still have a lot of challenges ahead and I maintain the same hunger and desire as I had when I first started playing. I don't play to beat individual records but to win titles at the end of every season."
Raúl González


Raúl González broke Manuel Sanchís's all-time appearance record for Real Madrid CF when he came on to play his 709th competitive match for the club in Wednesday's UEFA Champions League Group C tie against Olympique de Marseille. Here uefa.com looks at the numbers behind the 32-year-old's remarkable career.

1 Raúl made his UEFA Champions League debut on 13 September 1995 in a 1-0 group-stage loss at AFC Ajax. He scored his first goal in the competition a month later en route to a hat-trick in a 6-1 win against Ferencvárosi TC on 18 October.

3 UEFA Champions League titles (1998, 2000, 2002)

6 Liga titles (1995, 1997, 2001, 2003, 2007, 2008)

16 Seasons in the Madrid first team since making his debut as 17-year-old on 29 October 1994 against Real Zaragoza in the Liga

44 Goals for Spain in 102 appearances between 9 October 1996 and 6 September 2006

65 Raúl is the UEFA Champions League all-time leading scorer with 65 goals

67 He is second only to Filippo Inzaghi, on 68, in the all-time leading scorers list in UEFA club competition

125 Raúl holds the record for most appearances in the UEFA Champions League, featuring for the 125th time against Marseille

224 He holds the record for most Madrid goals in the Liga, breaking Alfredo di Stéfano's previous high of 216 ...

318 ... and also for overall goals, bettering Di Stéfano's previous mark of 307

500 At 31, Raúl became the youngest player to reach 500 Liga appearances in a 3-0 win away to RCD Mallorca on 11 January 2009

524 Raúl passed Manolo Sanchís as Madrid's record appearance holder in the Liga in the 2-0 win against Villarreal CF on 23 September

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