Real Madrid Club de Futbol goes by many nicknames such as Los Blancos, Los Merengues and Los Vikingos but they is popularly referred to as Real Madrid.
Based in Madrid, Spain, the club was founded in 1902 as Madrid Football Club. King Alfonso XIII added the 'Real' in the club's name in 1920 along with the royal crown in the emblem. 3 years after its foundation, in 1905, Madrid FC won its first title after defeating Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish Cup final.
The club is the world's richest football club in terms of earnings as it has a net worth of €3.3billion, with an annual turnover of €513million. Real Madrid has won a record 32 La Liga titles, 12 Champions League titles, 18 Copa del Rey trophies, 9 Supercopa de Espana, 1 Copa Eva Duarte and 1 Copa de la Liga.
Real Madrid has won a record nine European Cup/UEFA Champions League titles and a joint record three Intercontinental Cups, as well as two UEFA Cups, and one UEFA Super Cup.
Santiago Bernabeu is the home ground of Real Madrid. The Spanish giants are known to be one of the biggest spenders in the transfer market and has always been able to lure some of the world's greatest footballing talents and their 'Galacticos' including several expensive world-beaters was looked at with envy by the footballing fraternity for a very long time.
At one point, not long ago, it seemed like Real Madrid were truly in charge of breaking the transfer records.
Here is a list of Real Madrid's most expensive signings:
Here is a list of Real Madrid's most expensive departures