The absolute biggest club in the world stares you in the face... the 4th highest number of stadium attendees in Europe (behind FC Barca, Dortmund and United)... one of three sides NEVER to have been relegated from La Liga... the record number of European Cup? Champions League wins... the richest football club on earth!
Real started out as Madrid FC (Madrid Club de Futbol) in 1902 as an extended offshoot of Football Club Sky, which was founded in 1897... the name of the club was changed in 1920 to Real(Royal) Madrid after permission from King Alfonso XIII.
Real Madrid is owned and operated 100% by socios i.e. members of the club.
10-Time Champions League Winners
Real Madrid are European champs yet again. After splashing the cash to bring in Gareth Bale, Real had a Champions League campaign unlike any in recent memory. The great Cristiano Ronaldo set the single-season UEFA Champions League goal record (stolen from none other than Lionel Messi). They knocked out defending champs Bayern Munich in convincing fashion. Then they took on crosstown rivals Atletico Madrid in an unforgettable final. It was quite the journey to their 10th Champions League win. But what about the other nine? Check out our expansive "Hala Madrid" series to read all about Real Madrid's illustrious history. [read the rest!]