Real Madrid is owned by its 85,000 members, according to Spanish culture and language-learning site Don Quijote. The club is one of a few in Spain that is not a corporation, meaning that no single individual or company can purchase the team.
Real Madrid football club was founded in 1902. Since that time, the team has become known as one of the most successful club football teams in history, having won more trophies than any other Spanish team. Real Madrid was the first team to win the European Cup, and it also won the tournament for the following four seasons after that. Each season, Real Madrid's most intense games are against its arch-rival, Barcelona. These two teams have historically dominated the Spanish football game.
Real Madrid plays its home games at Santiago Bernabéu. The stadium was officially opened on Dec. 14,1947, and can hold more than 80,000 spectators.
As of 2014, Real Madrid is worth 951 million euros and turns over revenue of 350 million euros every season. The club is well-known for acquiring some of the world's greatest players and paying significant transfer fees in the process. In 2009, Real Madrid paid Manchester United close to €100 million for the services of Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo. Four years later, Real Madrid surpassed this figure by paying €100 million for Gareth Bale. As of 2014, the transfer of Bale is the highest amount ever paid for the transfer of a football player.