The history of Real Madrid is littered with superstar players, trophies, and history changing moments. The trophy Cabinet at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium is fit to burst and the players names ring through the years like a Ballon d’Or trophy being volleyed into the top corner.
Here we look at some of the shirts worn whilst making history and the players who wore them.
1988/89 Away shirt
This shirt just looks great and has aged really well. The blue/white stripes forming the V neck collar work so well and the classic Hummel stripes on the sleeves just finish it all off. This was a year Real Madrid won La Liga, the Supercopa and the Copa Del Rey. Their goal difference in La Liga was the same as second place FC Barcelona however, Madrid finished 5 points ahead and only lost 1 game all season.
This shirt was worn by players such as Hugo Sánchez, Emilio Butragueño and Míchel.
2002/03 Home shirt
This was the first year Real Madrid were sponsored by phone company Siemens Mobile, moving on from being sponsored by their own website…yeah.
It’s quite difficult to do anything special with a white football shirt but this just looks great. The V neck and the big collar, just looks great. This was the year Real Madrid won La Liga, Intercontinental Cup and the UEFA Super Cup. This was also the last season at Real Madrid for manager Vicente del Bosque, he was sacked at the end of the season. He did go on to win the European Championship and World Cup with Spain though, so not all bad.
This year, the Real Madrid squad was just dripping in legendary names. Ronaldo, Zidane, Guti, Raul, Figo, Claude Makélélé and Roberto Carlos just to name a few. That is some squad!
2009/10 Home shirt
Not necessarily the best looking Madrid shirt over the years, it also wasn’t the best season Real Madrid have ever had. They finished second in La Liga, behind Barcelona (who else), they struggled in the Copa Del Rey and the Champions League.
But the big thing about this shirt is it is the first shirt to witness a change in Real Madrid’s history. It was the first shirt worn by Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid.
He was bought in from Manchester United for £84 million and started with a bang, finishing the season as Real Madrid’s top goal scorer, 33 in 35 matches. Talk about start as you mean to go on. He’s won everything he can win at club level and has broken records all over the place. For this reason, this shirt is on this list, a defining moment in Real’s history.
Ronaldo rather overshadows some of the other, incredible talent in the Madrid squad that year, including players such as, Higuain, Kaka, Benzema and Sergio Ramos.
At the end of this season, a certain Jose Mourinho joined as manager, now whatever happened to him?
2013/14 Away shirt
Another blue away shirt, the first in 4 years for Madrid. It looks nice and subtle and clean with a flash of colour coming from under the arms.
This season was a mixed bag for Real Madrid. They finished 3rd in La Liga, behind Barcelona and cross city rivals, Atletico Madrid. So not a great season domestic wise, but they did win the Copa Del Rey and the Champions League. In the Champions League final they beat rivals Atletico, some retribution for finishing behind them? Real have won all but one of the Champions League finals since.
This was the year Real Madrid broke the transfer world record fee (again) and signed Gareth Bale from Tottenham. They also signed Isco, which is turning out rather well for Los Blancos. Other star players included, Casillas, Modric and Xabi Alonso.
2016/17 Away shirt
Purple has been a reoccurring theme for Real Madrid and this shirt is PURPLE. The white cuffs and collar matched with the white Real Madrid crest looks great and brings out the purple colouring.
This shirt was worn during one of the greatest campaigns by Real Madrid. They won a total of 4 trophies, La Liga, FIFA Club World Cup, UEFA Super Cup and the Champions League. This was a record breaking year as Madrid became the first team to successfully defend their Champions League title.
Ronaldo was on fire this year, winning trophy after trophy both at club level and personally.
Some top players from this season include Ronaldo (obviously), Benzema, Kroos, Modric, Ramos and Marcelo.
Real Madrid have a long and varied history, winning trophy after trophy, season after season with some of the best players ever having worn the white of Madrid.
Who knows what the future holds for Real, but one thing is for sure, there’s going to be silverware.