When thinking of the Champions League, Real Madrid’s name will be one of those that is immediately associated with the competition. The Spanish side have been one of the most successful teams to have ever taken part in Europe’s elite club competition and have gone on to produce some truly magic moments in their pursuits to win the cup. With a number of games being played at the Santiago Bernabeu each season they are in the competition, it is no surprise that the 81,044 capacity iconic stadium becomes the place to be in Madrid on matchweek.
Los Blancos, as Real Madrid are known by fans all around the world, have had a history of having a number of famous stars to play in their classic white strips when in action in the tournament. Men such as Raul have been incredibly successful as he has proven to be one of the most clinical in the tournament, as has a certain Cristiano Ronaldo, whereas the Brazilian Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane are just a few others to have contributed immensely.
Real Madrid have won the Champions League on no fewer than 13 different occasions, therefore winning more than anyone else has been able to. Los Galacticos lifted the trophy in 1955/56, 1956/57, 1957/58, 1958/59, 1959/60, 1965/66, 1997/98, 1999/00, 2001/02, 2013/14, 2015/16, 2016/17 and 2017/18.
As well as winning Europe’s elite club competition on numerous occasions, the Spaniards have also reached the final on three other occasions, therefore making the showpiece a mammoth 16 times in their history to date.
Indeed, there are plenty of memorable moments that have happened in the Champions League (or European Cup, which was called in its earlier formation) that have involved Real Madrid and their storied success.
Moments such as Gareth Bale’s overhead kick against Liverpool in the 2017/18 final is one of the most recent standout moments, whereas Zidane’s volley against Bayer Leverkusen in the 2001/02 edition is equally as memorable.
The 2013/14 Champions League final against fierce rivals and city neighbours Atletico Madrid will go down in history as one of the best finals as Los Galacticos appeared to be heading out of the tournament as runners-up.
Diego Godin’s goal in the first half appeared to be enough for Los Rojiblancos, however Sergio Ramos scored in the final moments of regulation time to send it to extra-time. Bale, Marcelo and Cristiano Ronaldo would then step up a gear and get the side led by Zidane as manager over the line when it appeared as though they would take second-place instead.
Of course, Los Blancos’ efforts in the 1950s when the tournament was first introduced to clubs will also go down in history as one of the biggest achievements, as the record of five successive title wins has not come close to being broken.
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