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Ramos salutes Raul as Real close on Barca

sports Updated: Feb 16, 2009 10:40 IST

Real Madrid coach Juande Ramos paid tribute to his captain Raul after the former Spain international scored twice in Real's 4-0 win over Sporting Gijon on Sunday to become the club's all-time leading goalscorer with 309 goals.

Raul, 31, scored twice to overtake Alfredo di Stefano's long-standing record of 307 goals as Real marched to an eighth successive league win that helped them close to within 10 points of Barcelona at the summit.

"It will be many years before there is another player that emerges to beat his record," said Ramos. "The team scores the goals but Raul has had a great career over many years and deserves all the praise that comes his way."

Dutch forward Klaas-Jan Huntelaar was also on target with his first Real goal while Brazilian Marcelo also grabbed a rare goal.

Real have managed to shave two points off Barca's lead this weekend after Barca's run of 10 consecutive wins came to an end with a 2-2 draw at Real Betis on Saturday.

"We are a bit closer after cutting Barca's lead by two points but it is still going to be difficult," admitted Ramos. "It is not in our hands after all."

Real are 10 points behind Barca with 15 games left although Barca have the superior head-to-head record having beaten Real 2-0 at Camp Nou in December.