Real Madrid

Arguably one of the greatest ever football clubs to have ever existed, Real Madrid have been a team that many have looked at as being one in which they aim to be as big as.

The Spanish side has dominated most football competitions that they have ever been involved in, whether that be in their own country or across Europe via their appearances in continental club competitions.

History

Real Madrid, which has been handed a number of different nicknames throughout history such as Los Blancos (The Whites) and Los Galacticos (The Superstars), was formed in 1902 and were originally just known as Madrid.

That is until the King of Spain decided to get involved and add the “Real” (Royal) tag to their name in 1920. Indeed, success appeared to go hand-in-hand with the royal side, as they won almost everything they possibly could. Even to this day, winning remains very much in their overall DNA, as the club has become one of the most successful ever in the entire sport.

Numerous La Liga titles have been won, with the club currently holding the record, whilst they have numerous Copa del Rey titles, as well. Furthermore, they hold the most number of UEFA Champions League titles, as well; this figure is only likely going to increase in the future before the gap is even closed.

Since 1947, Real Madrid has played their home games at the world-famous Santiago Bernabeu stadium. The iconic venue has the ability to hold a total of 81,044 fans, all of which can be seated. It is only the second-biggest in Spain, though, whilst the third-largest in Europe at club level.

Best Players & Managers

As mentioned, Real Madrid was once known by the nickname “Los Galacticos”. This happened when Florentino Perez began his long stint as club president, as the former politician set about making the club a squad full of superstars that could go on to dominate world football.

Indeed, he changed the course of football, as he managed to make a number of huge international transfers, with many still taking place in the modern era. Players that arrived included Luis Figo, Ronaldo, Zinedine Zidane, Roberto Carlos, David Beckham and even Cristiano Ronaldo. Players such as Gareth Bale, Eden Hazard, Vinicius Jr, Luka Modric and Karim Benzema have all since been bought for big money, whilst Sergio Ramos, Iker Casillas, Raul, Xabi Alonso and Fernando Morientes will each have places in folklore.

Of course, having superstars in the side is not something that is new to Los Blancos, though, as they have had the best players in their team for decades. Individuals such as Alfredo Di Stefano (although there are stories about General Franco’s involvement) and Ferenc Puskas are two individuals from the past that were incredibly talented and ended up playing for the club.

As with the strength of players, Real Madrid has also had the power to essentially have any manager they wish at times because of their reputation in football. Almost any manager considered to be the best at any given moment will have been spotted in the Real Madrid dugout, including Miguel Munoz, Vicente Del Bosque, Fabio Capello, Jose Mourinho, Rafa Benitez, Carlo Ancelotti and Zinedine Zidane.

Historic & Memorable moments

When Real Madrid have had so many iconic moments throughout their history, it can be hard to pick out some of them without making the others feel less significant.

However, their three successive UEFA Champions League wins between 2016 and 2018 with Zinedine Zidane in the dugout is one that immediately springs to mind.

The wins showed that Real Madrid are one of the best still around, whilst they continue to produce quality performances on the pitch across all competitions now, so expect to see more silverware heading their way in the near future.