The Real Madrid Club de Fútbol, commonly known as the Real Madrid or Real, is a professional football club based in Madrid, Spain.
Club was founded on March 6, 1902, as Madrid Football Club and has traditionally worn a white home kit since its inception. Real is a Spanish word meaning Royal and was bestowed by King Alfonso XIII of the club in 1920 along with the royal crown in the coat of arms. The team has played its home matches at the 81,044-seater Santiago Bernabeu stadium in central Madrid since 1947. Unlike most European sporting entities, Real Madrid (socios) members own and run the club throughout its history.
The club was valued at €3.24 billion ($3.65 billion) in 2015, and in the 2016-2017 seasons, it was the second most profitable football club in the world, with annual revenue of €674.6 million. The club is the most widely supported team worldwide. Real Madrid is one of 3 founding members of the Spanish League that have not been relegated to the first division, along with Athletic Bilbao and Barcelona. The club holds several long-running competitions, most notably El Clasico with FC Barcelona and El Derby with Atlético Madrid.
Real Madrid owner
Real clubs are not owned by an individual but a registered organization. The owner of Real Madrid CF is a group of “assemblers” who support the club although the club has a president in form of the Florentino Perez; he is not the club’s owner.
Real Madrid recently suffered huge losses due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which cut off one of its primary sources of income – ticket sales. As a result, games are now played behind closed doors, and the club has resorted to selling players and reducing players’ wages to solve the club’s liquidity crisis.
Real Madrid’s policy of signing Galactico has taken a back seat as the club looks to build into the future with young players. Despite Real Madrid’s financial problems, the club has continued to perform at the highest level over the past few years.
Real Madrid’s achievements
Real Madrid and Barcelona are the two most crowned teams in European football. There is hardly any competition they have participated in and not won at least once. With big budgets and a reputation that attracts world-class players, their ranks have been loaded with match-winners over the years.
Real Madrid is far ahead of its fierce competitor in terms of victories in the league, winning the Spanish League 35 times, while Barcelona is in second place with 26 titles. The capital-based team dominated La Liga between 1950 and 1980, winning it 18 times. Whereas after 1990, Barcelona had the upper hand as they won the league 16 times against Real Madrid’s 10.
Los Blancos are also apparent in the Champions League, with 13 players against Barcelona’s five. No other European team has managed to win the Champions League by double digits. Real Madrid won it six times in the Champions League era while Barcelona all arrived after 1992.
Real Madrid has won 119 regional, national, continental, and world championships.
Real Madrid is trailing (23) regionally, with 18 Madrid Championships and 5 Mancomonado Cups, all of which came between 1904 and 1936.
Real has raised 65 points throughout its history. Barcelona has fewer league titles than the Blancos, but no one has more Copa del Rey titles.
26 La Liga titles and 30 Copa del Rey titles can be seen in the Camp Nou cupboard, as well as 12 Spanish Super Cups, two League Cups, and a First Division Cup. Real Madrid has won 34 Leagues, 19 Cups, 11 Spanish Cups, one League Cup, and one Eva Duarte Cup.
Real Madrid’s record in the European Cup is a source of pride for the club, with 13 under the belt (6 European Cups and 7 Champions League), 2 European Cups (European League leader), 4 European Super Cups, and, like Barcelona, 2 Latin Cups.
In this section, Real Madrid has more than doubled the number of titles won by Barcelona, which has lifted only four international cups. Real Madrid won 10 times.
The Catalan team has won 3 Club World Cup titles, compared to 4 Club World Cup titles for Real Madrid, 1 Ibero American Cup, 3 Intercontinental Cup, and 2 Junior World Cups.
Both clubs can boast impressive achievements throughout their history. However, some choose to focus on the number of titles, while others prefer to focus on the quality and prestige of the competition.