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OPINION: The Greatest Football Club Of All Time

Real Madrid Club de Fútbol (Spanish pronunciation: [reˈal maˈðɾið ˈkluβ ðe ˈfuðβol] (

listen), meaning Royal Madrid Football Club ), commonly referred to as Real Madrid, is a Spanish professional football club based in

Madrid.

Founded on 6 March 1902 as Madrid Football Club, the club has traditionally worn a white home kit since inception. The word real is Spanish for "royal" and was bestowed to the club by King Alfonso XIII in 1920 together with the royal crown in the emblem. The team has played its home matches in the 81,044-capacity

Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in downtown Madrid since 1947. Unlike most European sporting entities, Real Madrid's members ( socios ) have owned and operated the club throughout its history.

The club was estimated to be worth €3.8 billion ($4.2 billion) in 2019, and it was the second highest-earning football club in the world, with an annual revenue of €757.3 million in 2019. Florentino Perez is the president of Real Madrid. A former politician, Perez's background comes in civil engineering and construction. He has been the vice-president of Grupo ACS since the company was formed in 1997, and is also the majority owner with 12.8 per cent of the shares in his name.

Commercial revenue and sports marketing hit highs of 356 million euros thanks to multiple commercial agreements. Real Madrid made 143 million euros in ticket sales, 5% more than last year, and in terms of TV transmission for the UEFA Champions League, the club made 251 million euros, 6% more than last year.

Real Madrid have once again defined an era in world football, winning four European Cups and four Club World Cup. In 2014, they lifted La Décima, before winning the Club World Cup that same year. Zidane's first two seasons in the dugout were historic, clinching La Undécima and La Duodécima. What's more, 2017 became a record-breaking year when the team got their hands on five trophies: The European Cup, the Club World Cup, LaLiga and the European and Spanish Super Cups. La Decimotercera then came in 2018, when they came out on top against Liverpool in Kiev.

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