Real Madrid CF
Real Madrid Club de Fútbol, sometimes known as Real Madrid, is a Spanish football club from Madrid, Spain. It was started in 1902 and competes in La Liga (the Spanish top league). The "Real" in the club's name is Spanish for "royal", because it was blessed by the King of Spain in 1920.
|Full name||Real Madrid Club de Fútbol|
|Nickname(s)||Los Blancos (The Whites)|
Los Merengues (The Meringues)
Los Vikingos (The Vikings)
La Casa Blanca (The White House)
|Founded||6 March 1902|
as Madrid Football Club
|Ground||Estadio Santiago Bernabéu|
|Head coach||Carlo Ancelotti|
|2020–21||La Liga, 2nd of 20|
Real Madrid has won La Liga 34 times and the Copa del Rey (King's Cup) 19 times, the most out of any team in the league. It has also won the UEFA Champions League a record 14 times and the UEFA Cup twice.
Real Madrid was recognised as the FIFA Club of the 20th Century on 11 December 2000, and received the FIFA Centennial Order of Merit on 20 May 2004. In June 2017, the team succeeded in becoming the first club to win the Champions League twice in a row. In 2018, Madrid made history by becoming the first club in recent history to win the Champions League three times in a row. They beat Liverpool F.C. 3–1 in the final.
Since it began, Real Madrid has since spent all of its history in La Liga, and has never been relegated down to a lower level. This shows how strong they have been just to stay in the top flight of Spanish football. In the 1940s, the club, the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium and the Ciudad Deportiva were rebuilt after the Spanish Civil War. The club became a major force in both Spanish and European football during the 1950s. In the 1980s, the club had one of the best teams in Spain and Europe (known as La Quinta del Buitre). They had won two UEFA Cups, five Spanish championships in a row, one Spanish cup and three Spanish Super Cups.
The club has bought and had many famous footballers, including Ronaldo, David Beckham, Zinedine Zidane, Michael Owen, Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaká and other very famous footballers. The most expensive player is Gareth Bale who was bought for 85.3 million pounds from Tottenham Hotspur of the English Premier League.
The club's traditional home colours are all white. Its crest has been changed several times in attempts to modernise or re-brand. The current crest is a modified version of the one first adopted in the 1920s. Real's home stadium is the 81,044 capacity Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in Madrid, where it has played since 1947. Unlike most European football clubs, Real Madrid's members (socios) have owned and operated the club since it was opened. Real is the world's most valuable club. Real Madrid has won 34 La Liga titles.
- As of 31 August 2021
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
- S shared record
Most expensive playersEdit
|Transfer Fee (€ millions)||Date||Ref|
|1||Eden Hazard||Chelsea||£89||€100||June 2019|||
|Gareth Bale||Tottenham Hotspur||£86||€100||September 2013|||
|3||Cristiano Ronaldo||Manchester United||£80||€96||June 2009|||
|4||Zinedine Zidane||Juventus||£46.6||€76||July 2001|||
|5||James Rodríguez||Monaco||£63||€75||July 2014|||
|7||Luís Figo||Barcelona||£37||€62||July 2000|||
|8||Luka Jović||Eintracht Frankfurt||£52.4||€60||June 2019|||
|9||Éder Militão||Porto||£43||€50||July 2019|||
|10||Ferland Mendy||Lyon||£42.7||€48||June 2019|||
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