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Football universe unite to celebrate Real Madrid at 115

Tuesday 7th March 2017
Almost exactly to this day in 1902, one of the world's most famous sports clubs by name, Real Madrid, was created. 115 years on, the club is still waxing stronger with numerous accolades to its name.

Real is undoubtedly the most successful football club at the moment with over 70 accolades in their 115 years of existence. In that time, they have been crowned European champions a whopping 11 times, won La Liga a record 32 times, the Copa del Rey 19 times, the Spanish Super Cup nine times, the UEFA Cup twice, the UEFA Super Cup three times, the Intercontinental Cup three times and the FIFA Club World Cup twice. On top of this, the club had the honour of being chosen by FIFA as the Best Club of the 20th Century.

But Real's dominance didn't just start today. Originally known as Madrid F.C, the club won its first title barely three years after its creation defeating Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish Cup final. Their first league crown came in 1932 just two years after the league was founded and they repeated that feat the season after - becoming the first side to achieve such. Also, the club won five successive European Cups (now known as the UEFA Champions League) in just six years after the tournament started in 1955.
In terms of world-record signings, Real also lead the way. Beginning in 1953, the club embarked upon a strategy of signing world-class players from abroad, the most prominent being Alfredo Di StΓ©fano. Since then, the Spanish giants have set and smashed several world records for players such as Luis Figo, Zinedine Zidane, Kaka, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale.

The club who celebrate their anniversary as the current Champions League and Club World Cup holders are very well on track to clinch the league and continental double this season. No wonder soccer enthusiasts irrespective of club alliance stormed Twitter to hail the achievements of the club.

Here's how few reacted on the online messaging service.
Toby Prince

If the sport has 11-men on each side, a ball and lasts for 90 minutes then I'll write about it. Simply put, I'm an unrepentant soccer freak that other freaks will, however, call a geek. I do find time for music when not watching the beautiful game, though and have been known to produce the odd track. 


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