Real Madrid's Marcelo celebrates scoring their first goal with Lucas Vazquez and team mates.

Karim Benzema Wants To Join PSG Next

By Shawn Ivan D'souza | October 31, 2018

Karim Benzema has informed his friends that he is eyeing a move to Manchester United or PSG. Real Madrid are having a terrible time this season, as they appear to be struggling to cope up with the loss of Cristiano Ronaldo as well as Zinedine Zidane. After a thumping 5-1 defeat in El Clasico, Florentino…

Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo reacts.

Cristiano Ronaldo Reveals Why He Left Real Madrid

By Kunal | October 30, 2018

Cristiano Ronaldo shocked the footballing world when he parted ways with Real Madrid to make a €100m switch to Juventus in the summer of 2018. The Portuguese superstar was instrumental in helping Los Blancos win 15 major titles – including an unbelievable tally of 4 Champions League trophies, along with 2 La Liga wins – leaving…

Barcelona's Gerard Pique talks with Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos at the end of the match.

How Gerard Pique Reacted To Barcelona Fans’ Abusive Chants Towards Sergio Ramos

By Naveen Kelvin | October 29, 2018

Sergio Ramos is a player that is hard to love; if you aren’t a Real Madrid fan, that is. The Spanish centre-back is one of the best in the world in his spot, but that brilliance comes with an attitude and a hot head that isn’t appreciated much. As of such, when El Clasicos come…

Major Throwback: What Happened In The Last Sans Messi-Ronaldo El Clasico

By Vikram Gupta | October 28, 2018

The biggest rivalry in club football is now just a week away, as the whole world will watch Barcelona welcome their arch-rivals Real Madrid to the Camp Nou next weekend. This fixture has proven to be one of the most fiercely contested in football in recent times, with talent and passion being present in the…

Real Madrid's coach Jose Mourinho is thrown in the air by his players.

Mourinho Provides A MASSIVE Update Regarding His Real Madrid Return

By Naveen Kelvin | October 23, 2018

Staying at the helm of one club for decades altogether seems like a task that ended with the reigns of Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger. Nevertheless, managers are still making all the difference at their clubs, and as of such, they are becoming as valuable, if not more, than some of the top stars…

Zlatan Ibrahimovic prepares to come on as a substitute while he speaks to Jose Mourinho.

Mourinho And Ibrahimovic To Reunite Again – But At A Different Club

By Vikram Gupta | October 23, 2018

Real Madrid are currently on a five-match winless streak, and that is not normal. The club is going through a major transition after the departures of their main men in the summer. Zinedine Zidane and Cristiano Ronaldo left the Santiago Bernabeu together, and to replace both at the same time has been tough for Los…

Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Wayne Rooney during training.

Real Madrid Planning A Shock Move For Zlatan Ibrahimovic

By Kunal | October 22, 2018

Real Madrid plan on making a shock move for Zlatan Ibrahimovic come January. The Galacticos only narrowly avoided setting a new goal drought club-record in their recent encounter against Levante, with Marcelo’s strike in the 2-1 home defeat ending Real’s run of having played 480 minutes without scoring a goal. In order to fix their offensive…

Zinedine Zidane (L) and Real Madrid's President Florentino Perez pose for the media.

REVEALED: The Three Man United Stars Zidane Wanted At Real Madrid

By Naveen Kelvin | October 5, 2018

Manchester United‘s tryst with Zinedine Zidane has been well-documented over the past few weeks, with it seeming likely that the media has been fueling much of the seeming speculation over the apparent interest from both sides. All of this has arisen under the backdrop of Jose Mourinho’s Red Devils fielding pathetic outing after pathetic outing,…

Zinedine Zidane attends the presentation of the "Zidane's Crystal Foot".

REVEALED: The Club Zinedine Zidane Wants To Manage Next

By Sarthak Sharma | October 3, 2018

Manchester United are dominating news stories around the globe this season, and most sources don’t have plenty of nice things to say about the Red Devils. A club steeped in glory and tradition has found its image tarnished in the past few weeks following rumours of a dressing room protest against the policies of manager…

Real Madrid team group.

Real Madrid Superstar Refuses To Rule Out A Premier League Return

By Sarthak Sharma | September 20, 2018

Real Madrid superstar winger Gareth Bale might be eyeing a return to the Premier League, Daily Mail are reporting. The report stems from an interview with the Welsh wizard himself, wherein Bale discusses his incredible contribution during the victorious Champions League final against Liverpool a few months ago. The ex-Tottenham Hotspur man also talks about…

Spain's Sergio Ramos and Andres Iniesta look dejected after losing the penalty shootout.

Man Utd Fans Left Amazed By Sergio Ramos’ Tweet Regarding Luke Shaw

By Shawn Ivan D'souza | September 10, 2018

Manchester United faithful feared the worst as Luke Shaw was brought off the field on a stretcher last night. The English International made his long-awaited return to the national side in the Nations League opener against Spain. The left-back provided a wonderful assist to Marcus Rashford, giving the Three Lions a lead in the 11th…

Real Madrid’s Luka Modric celebrates scoring their fourth goal with Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo.

REVEALED: The Text Message Ronaldo Sent To Modric After He Won The UEFA Best Player Award

By Rajdeep Saha | September 7, 2018

Real Madrid star midfielder Luka Modric has lately been enjoying some of the best days of his life. He has played a commanding role in helping Real to three consecutive UEFA Champions League titles, besides guiding Croatia to the final of the FIFA World Cup 2018. Modric recently won the UEFA Player of the Year…

Nominees for the UEFA Men's Player of the Year award, Lionel Messi, Gianluigi Buffon and Cristiano Ronaldo.

What Messi Said About Ronaldo After Juventus Transfer

By Rajdeep Saha | September 4, 2018

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are two of the greatest players in the history of football, and the duo ruled the last decade to win everything that club football had to offer. The legendary players not only kept shattering records in La Liga, but also graced Europe with their prowess for Barcelona and Real Madrid…

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah reacts after sustaining an injury.

How Salah Reacted After Ramos Touched His Shoulder During UCL Draw

By Naveen Kelvin | August 31, 2018

Mo Salah’s brilliant season came to an end on a horrific note last campaign. Having led Liverpool to the Champions League final against Real Madrid, the Egyptian King was poised to lead them to victory as well. However, things didn’t turn out well for the English side nor for Salah, as mistakes from goalkeeper Loris…

Mesut Ozil of Germany (L) runs past coach Jose Mourinho during their training session.

The 13 Players Jose Mourinho Signed At Real Madrid: Where Are They Now?

By Naveen Kelvin | August 29, 2018

The tenure of Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid was a torrid affair to say the least. While Champions League football was lacking and elusive, the Portuguese gaffer secured the La Liga title ahead of Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona, a brilliant achievement. Always eager for world-class football, the three-year tenure saw him make 13 signings, and let…

General view of Real Madrid's Nacho wearing his Champions League winners medal.

Wilfried Zaha Good Enough To Play For Real Madrid, Claims Graeme Souness

By Naveen Kelvin | August 27, 2018

Watford were able to trump Crystal Palace 2-1 on Sunday, as goals from Pereyra and Holebas secured three points with ease, and Wilfried Zaha’s 78th-minute goal proved to be a mere consolation in the end. However, the Ivorian’s strike was special, as it made him Palace’s all-time top goalscorer. The Manchester United reject has had…

Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos celebrates scoring their third goal from the penalty spot.

Sergio Ramos Savagely Destroys Jurgen Klopp Over Salah Criticism

By Vikram Gupta | August 15, 2018

The Champions League final took place almost three months ago, but the controversies of the night are still fresh and being spoken about like it all happened yesterday. The match between Liverpool and Real Madrid saw the latter emerge victorious to claim their third title in a row, but to say it all happened fairly…

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri looks dejected at the end of the match.

Real Madrid Set To Offer Talented Midfielder In Order To Land Thibaut Courtois

By Shawn Ivan D'souza | August 8, 2018

Real Madrid are looking to capitalise on Chelsea’s interest in Mateo Kovacic to seal a move for Thibaut Courtois. The Galacticos have been keen to replace their goalkeeper for the past few summers. Keylor Navas has been good in goal for Los Blancos, but Florentino Perez wishes to add a world-class shot-stopper who could perform…

Alexis Sanchez (7) moves the ball away from Milan defender Luca Antonelli (31) in the second half during an International Champions Cup soccer match.

WATCH: Real Madrid Player Delighted After Receiving Alexis Sanchez’s Shirt

By Rajdeep Saha | August 3, 2018

Manchester United star Alexis Sanchez has fans all around the globe, and the player has found a new admirer at Spanish outfit Real Madrid. Los Blancos’ youth player Sergio Lopez, who made his debut for the Galacticos against United in their pre-season tour of USA, waited behind after the final whistle to meet Sanchez. Lopez had come on after…

Real Madrid’s Marco Asensio reacts.

Why Marco Asensio Called David De Gea ‘Karius’

By Sarthak Sharma | August 2, 2018

Iker Casillas may have shown his support for beleaguered Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius by way of his own keeping bloopers, but it seems that his compatriot has a completely different thought process. Stunning footage from the recent International Champions Cup encounter between Manchester United and Real Madrid has been revealed, where Marco Asensio can be…

General view of Real Madrid's Nacho wearing his Champions League winners medal.

OFFICIAL: Real Madrid Announce The Signing Of A New Goalkeeper

By Naveen Kelvin | July 24, 2018

After months and weeks of speculation wherein Real Madrid were linked to a wide assortment of talented shot-stoppers, the most notable being Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois and Manchester United’s David De Gea, the Spanish giants have finally unveiled their new goalkeeper. 19-year-old Ukrainian international Andriy Lunin was signed on by the club from FC Zorya Luhansk…

Real Madrid’s Marco Asensio celebrates with teammates after the match.

Real Madrid Star Demands Summer Exit

By Shawn Ivan D'souza | July 23, 2018

Croatian midfielder Mateo Kovacic has asked to leave Real Madrid this summer. The Galacticos are set to undergo a lot of changes this summer. Zinedine Zidane gave them a huge shock when he decided to leave the club just days after winning the Champions League for the third consecutive time. Earlier this week, Ronaldo also…

Spain's David De Gea before the match.

Real Madrid Or Man United? David De Gea Has Taken Huge Transfer Decision

By Sarthak Sharma | July 22, 2018

David De Gea’s future at Manchester United has been up in the air since he began performing sensationally for the English giants. The Spaniard has matured into one of the best goalkeepers in the past few years, but he may well have been on a different path in 2015 if it wasn’t for an administrative…

What Gareth Bale Said About His Real Madrid Future Amid Man United Interest

By Shawn Ivan D'souza | July 14, 2018

Gareth Bale still seems to be uncertain about his future at Real Madrid. Manchester United have been consistently linked with Gareth Bale for several summers. The Red Devils had previously made attempts to sign him from Tottenham, but the forward received an offer from Madrid which he couldn’t refuse. Things haven’t been smooth in the…

Real Madrid's Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo.

What Ronaldo’s Departure Could Mean For Gareth Bale

By Naveen Kelvin | July 11, 2018

Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus are now the next big tale in European football. Confirmation was given by Real Madrid that the 33-year-old forward would, in fact, join Juventus from the upcoming season. However, now that the news has been confirmed, big questions will be asked of the players left behind at Real Madrid, and that…

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo reacts during the match.

REVEALED: Cristiano Ronaldo’s Possible Shirt Number At Juventus

By Sarthak Sharma | July 11, 2018

The footballing world has found itself in shock and awe after the stunning revelation that Cristiano Ronaldo has decided to move on from Real Madrid after nine years, choosing Juventus as the destination to further his playing career. The deal is estimated to be in the region of £88m, and is somewhat similar to the amount…

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring their second goal.

What Cristiano Ronaldo Said After Sealing Massive Juventus Move

By Shawn Ivan D'souza | July 11, 2018

Cristiano Ronaldo sealed his €105 million move to Juventus on Tuesday. The biggest transfer of this summer seems to have already occurred, as Juventus have completed a move for Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid. A return to Manchester United looked to be on the cards when he announced that he was uncertain about his future…

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo with the Champions League trophy during a ceremony.

Players React to Ronaldo Leaving To Juventus

By Naveen Kelvin | July 10, 2018

Cristiano Ronaldo will play at Juventus next season. The recently arisen saga, which gained much traction over the past week, was concluded with the confirmed by Real Madrid. The move is reported to be worth £105 million, and will mark a significant change in the way both clubs will function. Madrid will have lost a…

Real Madrid's Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Real Madrid Want United Forward As Ronaldo Replacement, Will Offer Bale In Return

By Shawn Ivan D'souza | July 9, 2018

Real Madrid are eyeing a swap deal involving Gareth Bale and Romelu Lukaku this summer. Los Blancos have been in the news lately due to a lot of transfer activity, especially related to Cristiano Ronaldo, who appears set to leave the Bernabeu after spending nine seasons at the club. With the Portuguese’s departure, Karim Benzema…

Real Madrid’s Luka Modric celebrates scoring their fourth goal with Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo.

How Modric Reacted After Hearing ‘Ronaldo To Juventus’ Transfer News

By Naveen Kelvin | July 9, 2018

Cristiano Ronaldo is a name that causes significant ripples across the crazy continuum that is sports news. Although rumors of his departure due to unhappiness find a staple spot in these cycles, they have taken considerable importance this window, more than ever before. What started with the 33-year-old Portuguese star expressing a cryptic message after his…

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring their second goal.

What Ronaldo Said About Juventus After Scoring Bicycle Kick Goal

By Rajdeep Saha | July 8, 2018

Cristiano Ronaldo enjoyed one of his best footballing moments during the UEFA Champions League quarter-final fixture against Juventus in the 2017-18 season. After having scored one of the best Champions League goals ever, from a brilliant acrobatic overhead kick, Ronaldo was moved with the reactions the fans at the Old Lady had in store for him.…

Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo reacts.

Agent Jorge Mendes Drops A Massive Hint Regarding Ronaldo’s Future

By Rajdeep Saha | July 8, 2018

Cristiano Ronaldo is nearing an imminent move to Italian champions Juventus, as reports are gaining regularity in recent days. The Italian champions are ready to offer the five-time Ballon d’Or winner a lucrative contract to leave the Bernabeu. Ronaldo himself is believed to be keen to push through a move to Turin and play for another…

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo reacts during the match.

REVEALED: The Reason Behind Ronaldo’s Insistence On Leaving Real Madrid

By Rajdeep Saha | July 6, 2018

Reports about Cristiano Ronaldo being set to leave Real Madrid and join Italian champions Juventus in the next few weeks have taken center stage. But why is this move happening? When was it decided? Let’s have a look. It is believed that the Portuguese star has been unhappy at the Santiago Bernabeu since months, and…

Real Madrid fans celebrate near the Cibeles fountain in central Madrid after their team won the Champions League.

OFFICIAL: Real Madrid Sign Talented Defender For £35m

By Shawn Ivan D'souza | July 6, 2018

Real Madrid have confirmed the signing of Álvaro Odriozola from Real Sociedad. Los Blancos have been in the news over the last few weeks. In the midst of Cristiano Ronaldo leaving, the Spanish giants have announced the arrival of Álvaro Odriozola from Sociedad. Born in Donostia, Odriozola started his career at Marianistas before joining Sociedad’s academy in…

Neymar of Brazil and Kylian Mbappe of France at training.

5 Players Real Madrid Could Sign To Replace Ronaldo

By Naveen Kelvin | July 6, 2018

Cristiano Ronaldo appears Juventus-bound, and it won’t exactly be a surprise to Real Madrid. The 33-year-old has been hinting at an exit ever since the Champions League final, and so far, Manchester United was thought to be the likely destination. However, now, the Serie A giants seem to be the ones with the most concrete…

Cristiano Ronaldo walks towards a check-in counter before the departure.

Ronaldo Agrees Personal Terms With Juventus, Official Presentation On Saturday?

By Shawn Ivan D'souza | July 6, 2018

Cristiano Ronaldo is said to have accepted a £26.5m-a-year package, and could be unveiled as a Juventus player this weekend.  The Real Madrid forward shocked the world with his post-match interview after last season’s Champions League victory. The Portuguese captain indicated that his time at the Bernabeu could come to an end this summer. “Now to enjoy,…

Juventus’ Douglas Costa, Gonzalo Higuain (2nd L) and Paulo Dybala (L) during training.

Reaction of Juventus Player On Potential Cristiano Ronaldo Transfer

By Rajdeep Saha | July 5, 2018

Reports of Real Madrid talisman Cristiano Ronaldo joining Juventus in the ongoing summer transfer window is already gaining a lot of interest. There are talks that the Serie A club is weighing up a deal for Ronaldo, and could offer £88m for his services. Real are believed to be willing to cash in on the same,…

Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring their first goal.

BREAKING: Real Madrid Considering Accepting An £88m Offer For Ronaldo

By Shawn Ivan D'souza | July 5, 2018

Juventus have submitted an £88 million bid for Cristiano Ronaldo, which Real Madrid are said to be considering. Cristiano Ronaldo started transfer rumors when he talked about his uncertain future after Real’s Champions League victory over Liverpool. A return to Manchester United seemed to be on the cards, but Jose Mourinho hasn’t been keen on…

7 Things That Will Happen If Ronaldo Joins Juventus

By BF Staff | July 5, 2018

A new twist to the Cristiano Ronaldo exit saga has now occurred with several reports claiming that Real Madrid are considering a £88 million bid from Serie A giants Juventus for the Portuguese superstar. Here’s what will occur if the move does go through:  

Spain's Sergio Ramos and Andres Iniesta look dejected after losing the penalty shootout.

How Sergio Ramos Reacted After World Cup Exit

By Naveen Kelvin | July 2, 2018

The favorites wilt away one by one – first Argentina, then Portugal, and now Spain. The 2010 winners were expected to face stiff competition from hosts Russia, but perhaps no one fully predicted that they would, in fact, be eliminated. It all came down to a penalty shootout when the scoreline after ninety minutes and…

Carlos Tevez (L) celebrates with Cristiano Ronaldo after scoring against Wigan Athletic.

Ronaldo Closer To A Manchester United Return Than Ever Before

By Naveen Kelvin | June 29, 2018

Cristiano Ronaldo returning to Manchester United is a fairytale saga that seems to be ever elusive and yet draws ever closer. The Portuguese superstar’s post-Champions League comments brought several factors into the loop regarding an exit. The events since have not done anything to ease the possibility either. As a result, one is left with…

Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ronaldo Linked With An Ambitious Swap Deal

By Sarthak Sharma | June 24, 2018

There is no doubt that Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the best players in the world today. If nothing else, his incredible performances in the ongoing FIFA World Cup are enough to earn him the moniker of footballing god, especially if Portugal end up going far in the tournament. But all isn’t that rosy when…

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo scores their third goal from a free kick to complete his hat-trick.

European Giants Ready To Break Transfer Record For Cristiano Ronaldo

By Naveen Kelvin | June 20, 2018

With new clubs, particularly those in the Premier League emerging into the limelight and becoming transfer heavyweights, the purchasing prowess of PSG seems to have been somewhat dwarfed. This doesn’t change their splurge of last season over Neymar Jr and Mbappe, with the former’s move from Barcelona having broken the transfer record with an unprecedented…

New Real Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui poses with the shirt with president Florentino Perez during the presentation.

Julen Lopetegui Reveals The United Player He Wants At Real Madrid

By Sarthak Sharma | June 19, 2018

New Real Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui is keen to make a good first impression on his new employers, after being unceremoniously sacked by the Spanish FA just days before the Spanish national team began their FIFA World Cup campaign in Russia. Now, after his appointment at Real Madrid, the former goalkeeper is going head first…

Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand celebrates with team mates Patrice Evra (L) and Ryan Giggs (R).

How Ronaldo Reacted After Losing A Game Of Table Tennis To Rio Ferdinand

By Sarthak Sharma | June 18, 2018

The FIFA World Cup in Russia has got off to a stellar start. There have been highlights to last a lifetime and memories that will live long, and contributing to those memories in a big way is Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo. The forward has been in imperious form owing to his hat-trick against Spain in…

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola before the match.

Manchester City Look To Sign Toni Kroos

By Shawn Ivan D'souza | June 17, 2018

Toni Kroos appears to have attracted interest from Manchester City this summer. After seeing his arch-rivals Manchester United wrap up their quick transfer business, Pep Guardiola wants to sign one of the Red Devils’ former targets for himself. Reports in Spain believe that the Cityzens are eyeing a move for the German international this summer.…

Gareth Bale celebrates after scoring against Espanyol.

Gareth Bale Has Taken Huge Transfer Decision After Appointment Of New Manager

By BF Staff | June 16, 2018

Manchester United have been dealt a fresh blow in their pursuit of Gareth Bale. The former Tottenham Hotspur attacker found some form late last season, and was crucial in Real Madrid lifting three consecutive UCL titles under Zinedine Zidane. He came off the bench and scored a couple of scorchers to take his side to…

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo.

Why Lopetegui’s Appointment Could Spell The End Of Ronaldo’s Real Madrid Career

By Naveen Kelvin | June 14, 2018

Real Madrid have their new manager following the resignation of Zinedine Zidane – Julen Lopetegui. In typical fashion, where everything they do has a domino effect of its own, this was no exception. Hours after the announcement which stated that the gaffer would take charge of the Galacticos after the World Cup ended, Spain decided…

Real Madrid's Keylor Navas celebrates with the trophy after winning the Champions League.

Keylor Navas Expresses Desire To Retire At The Bernabeu Outfit

By Shawn Ivan D'souza | June 14, 2018

Keylor Navas has expressed his desire to end his playing career at Real Madrid. Navas has been one of the best goalkeepers in Europe over the past seasons. In 2014, he made his move to the Bernabeu, as Los Blancos triggered his €10 million release clause at Levante. The 31-year old is a League Cup away from…

David De Gea, Juan Mata, Ander Herrera and Marcos Rojo celebrate with the trophy after winning the FA Cup.

La Liga Giants Confident Of Signing David De Gea For £100m

By Rajdeep Saha | June 14, 2018

Real Madrid are once again believed to be back in the race for Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea. According to a report in Manchester Evening News, Real Madrid believe they can finally land David de Gea for a fee in the region of £100m. That could see the Spaniard become the costliest goalkeeper in…

Real Madrid News

Real Madrid CF is a football club based in Madrid, Spain. It was founded in the year 1902 as Madrid Football Club. The word Real (Spanish for Royal) was bestowed upon the club by King Alfonso XIII in 1920, following which the decorated club came to be known as Real Madrid, and the royal crown was added to the club crest. It is currently one of the biggest and most famous football clubs in the entire world.

Real Madrid plays in the Spanish La Liga – a title it has won a record 33 times. The club has also won numerous other major titles, including 19 Copa Del Rey titles, 11 Supercopa de España titles, a record 13 UEFA Champions Leagues, 4 UEFA Super Cups, 2 UEFA Cups, 3 Intercontinental Cups, and 7 FIFA Club World Cup, amongst other titles.

The club has always been home to some of the best players on the planet, with legendary names like Alfredo Di Stefano, Raul, Iker Casillas, Zinedine Zidane, and Ronaldo being a part of Real Madrid history. The Santiago Bernabeu club continues to host the biggest names in world football at present, with superstars like Gareth Bale, Sergio Ramos, Eden Hazard and Luka Modric, amongst several others, on the current team sheet.

Real Madrid teams have always donned the white shirt – their traditional colour ever since the club was formed. The team’s home ground is the Santiago Bernabeu stadium.

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