5 Best Moments For Real Madrid Fans

Real Madrid has been one of the most successful football clubs in all of Europe, and as a result, there is no shortage of memorable moments for fans. However, we’re going to narrow it down to just a handful, with these five being the best moments in club history. From momentous goals to legendary signings, these moments change the club forever.

The Shush

El Clasico always means more for Real Madrid fans, and on October 13, 1999, it meant everything. Coming into the match, Real Madrid hadn’t beaten Barcelona in nearly three full years. In fact, in their previous matchup, Barcelona defeated Real 3-0. Things would change that day in Camp Nou, and even though Real Madrid didn’t win the match, the draw would be something that turned the tide of the rivalry.

Raul scored first in the 26th minute, putting Real Madrid ahead 1-0. However, Rivaldo answered back for Barca just two minutes later. In the second half, Luis Figo scored in the 49th minute, and Real Madrid tried to crawl back for an equalizer. It took until the 86th minute, but in front of a rowdy Camp Nou, Raul netted his second of the game to tie things up. He rushed around the field silencing the crowd, and Real Madrid would go on to win their next match against Barca 3-0.

The Signing of Ronaldo

When you’re one of the richest clubs in football you’re able to get some of the best players. However, it’s not every day that you get one of the greatest players in the sport’s history. Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo will go down in history as one of the all-time legends, and he made his professional debut with Sporting CP in 2002. The following year, he became a superstar as a member of Manchester United and stayed with the club for six years.

Real Madrid already knew just how good Ronaldo was, and didn’t scoff at paying a record €94 million transfer fee worth €11 million per year. It was certainly a slam-dunk move, and it thankfully didn’t end up being an overpay. Thanks to Ronaldo, Real Madrid won La Liga and the Copa del Rey twice, as well as the UEFA Champions League in four out of five years. He also won the Ballon d’Or four times.

La Decima

When the UEFA Champions League was formed as the European Cup during the mid-1950s, it was always going to be a big deal when a club won the league for the 10th time. Real Madrid dominated during the 1950s while adding a couple more during the 1960s. After struggling in the 1970s and 1980s, Real Madrid returned to form to work toward La Decima.

Thanks to winning the title in 1998, 2000, and 2002, Real Madrid had many shots at finally getting that 10th title. However, it took until 2014 for the club to get back to the final. After getting through the group stage of the 2013-14 UEFA Champions League, the club got through a German gauntlet of Schalke 04, Borussia Dortmund, and Bayern Munich. While the 110th-minute goal to make it 2-1 was a massive moment, everyone knew it was over when Marcelo netted one in the 118th to make it 3-1. The icing on the cake was Ronaldo’s 118th-minute penalty kick, clinching La Decima with a 4-1 extra-time win.

Zidane’s Champions League Winner

We already mentioned the 2002 Champions League win briefly, but it certainly needs to be talked about as one of the best moments in Real Madrid history. The club came in with high expectations and easily got through the group that had Roma, Lokomotiv Moscow, and Anderlecht. Real then advanced through the second group stage, again with ease, before knocking out Bayern Munich and archrival Barca to reach the final.

Raul scored in the eighth minute to give Real the 1-0 lead, but Bayer Leverkusen knotted things up just six minutes later. Right before halftime, Zinedine Zidane scored one of the greatest goals in football history, completely deflating Bayer. Neither team scored afterward, and Real clinched its ninth Champions League title.

The 11th Goal

We couldn’t finish the list without mentioning the biggest beatdown in El Clasico’s history. Though it goes way back in the past, it’s hard to let your archrival down after a 10-goal margin. In the 1943 Copa del Generalisimo semifinals, Real and Barca went head-to-head at Estadio Chamartin.

It took until the 89th minute for Barcelona to score its lone goal. As for Real, Pruden knotted a hattrick in the first half, Chus Alonso scored two, while Antonio Alsua and Pascual Botella added one. Sabino Barinaga was the biggest star of the game, scoring four times en route to Real’s 11-1 victory.

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