History and Recent Track Record of Real Madrid by Lance Lycett at iSnare Articles
While Real Madrid may be feeling hard done by after losing the Spanish League and Champions League titles to FC Barcelona, but in some resects even the Catalans cannot compete. They are actually the most successful club in the history of Spanish football, and they were voted by FIFA as being the most successful club team from anywhere in the world for all of the 20th century. Certainly, those are very lofty achievements, and expectations are always high for Real Madrid to continue on with that, which is one of the reason Real Madrid tickets are in such demand.
What’s behind this single club being voted the most successful of the last century? To begin with, Real Madrid was in existence right from the start, having been founded in 1902. In their history, they have won a total of 31 La Liga titles, while never being relegated from the top level of La Liga in Spanish football. As well as those 31 titles they also won the Copa del Rey 18 times, including in 2011, as well as taking the Spanish Supercup 8 times and a record breaking 9 UEFA Championships.
Real Madrid won back to back La Liga titles in 1932 and 1933, but it was really in the 1950s and 1960s when a period of unprecedented success was enjoyed. They won four straight La Liga titles from 1955 1958, then won eight straight from 1961 through 1969! Imagine having that kind of success today.
Still, in the 1980s, Real Madrid really put on a dominant run that can equal to any single team’s run in the history of global football. That team, often known as La Quinta del Buitre, won the Spanish League title in five successive years, and as well as various other cups and trophies won two UEFA championships too.
At the turn of the 21st century, Real Madrid had one of the most star studded squads of all time. Called the “Galacticos”, Real Madrid boasted David Beckham, Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo, and Real Madrid’s leading goal scorer ever, Raul. The team was able to bring home the La Liga championship in 2003, and the UEFA trophy in 2002, but after that didn’t live up to their lofty expectations as it took several more years to win another major title.
Of course, today the club is still strong, and is one of the best not only in La Liga but also in all of Europe. Big names include Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo and Brazilian Kaka. And if it weren’t for FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, Ronaldo would possibly be regarded as the best player in the world right now.
So there you have it Real Madrid has one of the most glorious track records in the world. FIFA’s vote for the most successful club of the 20th century says an awful lot and with stars such as Ronaldo being attracted there the club retains much of its prestige. The competition with FC Barcelona is fiercer than ever, and that fuels the team and its fans to continue playing and cheering harder than ever before too. The article is strictly for educational or entertainment purposes only and should not be used in any way, implemented or applied without consultation from a professional. Please read our Terms of Service for more information.