Royal Madrid Football Club; people often call it Real Madrid. The club was founded on March 6, 1902, more than 121 years ago.
Early History of Real Madrid
The first President of the Real Madrid was Julián Palacios; his tenure spanned from 1900 to 1902. The first major win that club achieved was against Athletic Bilbao in 1905, when Real Madrid won the Spanish Cup Final. A major win for the club only after three years of its inception.
The home ground of Spanish giant is Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, altogether it has a sitting room for 81,044.
Real Madrid is the richest clubs in the world, with an estimated worth of $5.1 billion as of 2023. The team also makes very good revenue; as of the 2022 season, they have earned more than 720 million euros in revenues.
Another thing that makes this club unique is that they never got relegated in La Liga and they were the founding members of the league in 1929.
The most classic rivalry that Real Madrid has is against FC Barcelona, which is named El Clasico.
In the early 1950s and 1960s, Real Madrid became a major Spanish team. As it won 5 successive European Cups and played many final matches in different tournament.
In 1943, Santiago Bernabeu became the president of Real Madrid. After the Civil War, the club was rebuilt while he was in charge, and he also oversaw the building of the stadium.
Real Madrid Academy (La Fábrica)
In the early 1950s, Real Madrid player Miguel Malbo set up the Real Madrid Youth Academy for the training of young footballers. In Spanish, the academy is named La Fábrica (“The Factory”).
La Fabrica is one of the best places in the world for the development of young players. The training academy has produced a number of players who have helped Real Madrid and other teams in their success over the years.
Real Madrid Kit Manufacturer
From 1980 to 1985, Adidas was the kit manufacturer. Later, from 1985 until 1992, the main sponsor shifted to Hummel (a Danish manufacturing company).
Then again, from 1998 until now, the main sponsor of the kit has been Adidas. As per different news reports, the deal is worth more than a billion dollars.
Real Madrid Records and Stats
Raúl appeared in 741 first-team games for Real Madrid from 1994 to 2010.
On second rank, we have Iker Casillas with 725 appearances.
Top Goal Scorer:
Cristiano Ronaldo golden era was from 2009-18 and scored 450 goals in total of 438 appearances. He is also Real Madrid’s top goal scorer in La Liga as well.
Highest attendance in home stadium –
The most people to ever watch a game in Santiago Bernabéu Stadium were 83,329 for the Copa del Rey game back in 2006.
Real Madrid have won fourteen UEFA Champions League titles.
La Liga Trophies
Real Madrid holds around 35 La Liga titles.
Who Owns the Real Madrid?
Socio System –
There are 90,000 club members who get voting rights in return for paying 123 euros annually. To become a member, at least two present members must vouch for you; only then can you join this annual membership of Real Madrid.
Once a member has been part of the club for more than 50 years, they don’t have to pay for a yearly membership.
After every four years there is an election, and these Socio members will elect a president who will run the club. The president and the board of members cannot raise money through the stock market or in any other way.
They have to stick to television rights, matchdays, and merchandise to buy new players and manage the day-to-day expenses of the club.
The current president of Real Madrid is Florentino Perez, who is a rich Spanish businessman and worth over a billion euros.
FIFA has chosen Real Madrid as the best football club of 20th Century back in 2000, at that time club was 98-years-old.