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Watch Raul Gonzalez explain his decision to retire at the end of the NASL season

Raul Gonzalez announced on Thursday that he'd be retiring at the end of the 2015 NASL season, calling an end to an enormously successful 21-yer career. The New York Cosmos forward sat down with ONE World Sports shortly after the announcement was made, explaining why he's decided to finally call it quits.

The Spanish legend made it clear that he wants to go out with a bang, leading the boys in green to the top of the combined table, before helping led them to another NASL title in November. Given the amount of silverware he won during his time at Real Madrid, I can't think of a more fitting way to send our number seven back to Spain, bringing back memories of Pele's farewell with the Cosmos, a 2-1 Soccer Bowl victory over the Seattle Sounders, before he was carried off the pitch on the shoulders of his teammates.

These final four matches already meant a lot to the Cosmos and their fans, but with both Marcos Senna and Raul set to hang them up at the end of the campaign, there's even more reason to savor every moment. Best of luck with your retirement, Raul, and we'll all be enjoying the final month of your amazing playing career.