You think you know Real Madrid? Los Blancos, Los Merengues, Los Vinkingos and Los Blanca; those among many are the nicknames of one of the most successful football club on earth.
Founded in 1902, the Madrid club without doubt is highly revered by many supporters and lovers of the round-leather game. The history of the club dates back to the era that saw the introduction of football by academics at the Libre de Ensenanza. The club is one of the three founding members of the La Liga and remains unrelegated from the Spanish top football division till date.
The emblem of Real contains styled initials, “MCF”, an acronym for Madrid club de Fútbol with designs similar to that of the Spanish royal crown. The club announced a change of name in 1929 at the bestowment of the Real title meaning royal in Spanish by King Alfonso XII.
Real’s sojourn to glory remains strong in the hearts of many sport enthusiasts after bursting into limelight in 1950s with consistent winnings at the domestic and European level in a space of seven years.
The club remains unrivaled on numerous fronts and has been known for housing notable giants in the world of football; a tactics that has formed campaign slogans for many of the past presidents right from the first president in person of Julián Palacios to the current president, Florentino Pérez. Noted for many firsts, the Los Blancos is known for mighty and record-breaking transfer signings as witnessed in the Galaticos and La Decima era and her stadium, Santiago Bernabéu, have and still plays home to many footballers and legends such as Alfredo Di Stéfano, Raul, David Beckham, Kaka, Zinedine Zidane and many others; and obviously, Los Blancos unlike many other clubs have had most of her past players in management of the club.
In terms of commercial value, the Los Blancos remains one of the most celebrated and supported brands in the history of club football in the sporting world with an estimated worth of £3.47 billion and £750.9 million in annual revenue generation as at 2018. Undoubtedly, the club is an institution to reckon with as it remains irresistible to footballers and other sports personnel when she comes calling or poaching.
On rivalry and achievements, the club’s top contenders are Barcelona and Atletico Madrid often slugging it out in football rivalries tagged El Clasico and El Derbi respectively. Notably, in terms of achievements and trophies the Los Blancos remains unarguably the best in top flight football even at the continental level. At the domestic league, the club confidently boasts of 64 trophies comprising of La Liga, Copa Del Rey, Supercopa Espana titles among others; and at European and global competition, the club has a record of 26 trophies consisting of UEFA champions league, UEFA cups, UEFA super cups and club world championships. Ever thought that the Los Blancos was this rich in history and achievements? Still think you know the Los Blancos? Be my happy guest as you take this quiz.