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Real Madrid CF has probably achieved all a football club could. With a record 32 La Liga titles, 19 Copa del Rey trophies, a sensational 10 European Cups/Champions Leagues and 2 UEFA Cups, Real are second to none in a competition for the greatest football club of all time. While the club enjoys fierce rivalries with Barcelona (El Clásico) and Atlético Madrid (El Derbi Madrileño), Real has been the most supported club in the country for the majority of its history. Many of the best players in the world have played in the clubs white shirts, including legends like Alfredo Di Stéfano and Ferenc Puskás.
Though the club was founded in 1902, it was originally named Madrid Football Club; it wasn’t until 1920 that King Alfonso XIII bestowed them with the title of “real” – or “royal” in English. These early years were reasonably successful for Real, as evidenced by their four consecutive Copa del Rey victories from 1905 to 1908. By the outbreak of the WWII, Real could boast with two La Liga titles and seven Copa del Rey trophies.