Real Madrid superstar Raúl had bade an emotional farewell to his legions of fans at the Bernabeu several weeks ago in a match involving Quatari club, Al Sadd.
Raúl, Real’s all-time leader in appearances and goals scored, spent two seasons at Schalke before he joined the Qatari outfit in 2012, but was back to don the famous No.7 shirt in front of adoring Madridistas.
What caught my attention was not the game itself but what happened at the end of it.
When the final whistle blew, Raúl sprinted up into the stands and sung with Real’s Ultras on their favoured South Kop.
This gesture delighted the fans and it was something Raul picked up in his three seasons in the Bundesliga with Schalke.
It’s quite normal and indeed, expected in the Bundesliga that star players after a game go into the stands, mingle with and chant club songs along with the fans.
It’s the same with training sessions as German fans are welcome and can meet their heroes up close and personal.
Try that at any of the leading Premiership or La Liga clubs and you could end up getting ejected or worse.
Those who earn a fortune from the game of football stay behind security barriers and have personal protection squads but I think the Germans have got it right.
However, don’t expect the Premiership to follow suit anytime soon.