Real Madrid’s UEFA Super Cup triumph in Helsinki on Wednesday – with goals from David Alaba and Karim Benzema in a 2-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt – was the first of six possible trophies Los Blancos hoping to win LaLiga, Copa del Rey, Champions League, Spanish Supercopa and FIFA Club World Cup this season.
It was also another step towards Madrid becoming the first club in Europe’s five major leagues to have won 100 official trophies. It’s a race they lead ahead of fellow giants Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Liverpool and Manchester United – but how close are they to matching that landmark number?
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Spanish newspaper Diario AS called Real Madrid’s 100 trophy goal ‘new challenge’ on its front page on Tuesdaywho said that the Spanish champions would win 98 trophies with the Super Cup in 2022.
However, take a look at Real Madrid’s own website and you’ll find a different figure. The club now name 99 domestic and international trophies, including this recent win against Frankfurt.
Meanwhile, a look at the club’s entry on Wikipedia (which is known to be the most reliable source out there) lists 96 competitive honors.
Why the difference? It comes down to your definition of what constitutes an “official” trophy. Of course, there’s no doubt about the number of LaLiga titles Madrid have won: a record 35. The same goes for their 19 Copa del Rey triumphs and 14 Champions League titles. There is no debate over their 12 Spanish Super Cups, five UEFA Super Cups, four Club World Cups or two UEFA Cups (now the Europa League). This brings us to a total of 91.
This is where it gets more complicated. The development of football has seen a number of historic competitions disappear – but that doesn’t mean they aren’t recognized by the sport’s governing bodies.
That goes for the Intercontinental Cup, played between the winners of the UEFA Champions League and Copa Libertadores by CONMEBOL between 1960 and 2004, when it was replaced by the Club World Cup. Real Madrid won it three times: in 1960, 1998 and 2002. The same goes for Spain’s short-lived League Cup, which was played between 1983 and 1986 before being discontinued. Madrid won that in 1985. We’ve now reached 95 trophies, and it’s time to look at some other historical tournaments whose “official” status is less clear. Between 1949 and 1957, the Latin Cup was played between teams from Spain, France, Italy and Portugal, a kind of precursor to the European Cup. Real Madrid won it twice. Both UEFA and FIFA have recognized the Latin Cup as an official competition, so we can add them to the list. That’s 97 trophies for Real Madrid.
Next comes the Ibero-American Cup, which was once contested – in 1994 – between the winners of the Spanish Kings’ Cup and the CONMEBOL Gold Cup, with Madrid beating Boca Juniors over two legs. Madrid doesn’t mention it on their website. But they do *list* two wins at the Small Club World Cup: a tournament you’ve probably never heard of.
It took place in Venezuela between 1952 and 1957, a private project sanctioned by the Venezuela Football Federation, and was twice won by Real Madrid. It is not recognized by FIFA; but Madrid consider it a competitive trophy and therein lies the confusion.
Regardless of whether Madrid have 96, 98 or 99, they are not the most successful club in the world in terms of trophies won. Scottish giants Rangers and Celtic lead the way in Europe with 117 and 113 official trophies respectively. Uruguay’s Nacional – who recently welcomed Luis Suarez back to the club – boast a staggering 163 trophies to their name, making them South America’s most successful club.
So when could Madrid break the 100 trophy mark? Depending on which number you accept, it could come to the end of the 2022/23 season in January in the Spanish Supercopa or the FIFA Club World Cup – for which a date has yet to be set – or next May.
Considering Madrid have won 17 of the 19 finals they’ve appeared in since 2014, it probably won’t be too long before they pull out their century of trophies whoever you follow.
https://www.espn.com/soccer/blog-the-toe-poke/story/4718701/when-could-real-madrid-win-their-100th-trophy-depends-who-you-ask When could Real Madrid win their 100th trophy? Depends who you ask