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87 days that changed the face of European football

In just 87 days, Real Madrid achieved greatness once again with success starting on May 21 in LaLiga, through to the Champions League and European Super Cup, ending with the Supercopa de Espana on Wednesday.

Three months of football with very little respite in between the celebrations for Zinedine Zidane’s impressive team has seen the club reshape the landscape of European football in their image.

Since Real were founded in 1902, no other club has managed to lift four trophies in a single calendar year with all four encounters arriving against world class opponents, but that four can also become five with the Club World Cup on the horizon.

First they won the league ahead of Barcelona, a competition that requires continuity and hard work throughout a long and arduous season.

Next, they cruised to Champions League success with an emphatic 4-1 victory over Juventus in the final, against an Italian side that had only conceded three goals in the competition before that fateful night.

And then just ten days ago, Zidane won the battle against Jose Mourinho and his Manchester United squad in the European Super Cup, before Madrid asserted their dominance over Barcelona to the tune of a 5-1 aggregate scoreline in the Supercopa de Espana.

“The domination is a consequence of the quality of Madrid, which has players who play very well,” said Mourinho after losing in Skopje.

And the Red Devils boss was not the only one to applaud the side.

“For the first time in nine years I feel inferior to Madrid,” said Gerard Pique following the recent Clasico.

Not only did they certify their supremacy with titles, but also in their expressive style of play on the pitch which continues to impress the masses.

At the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, the stars are scooping up every award going with Cristiano Ronaldo claiming his latest Ballon d’Or before being nominated for FIFA’s upcoming ‘The Best’ gong.

And it’s not just the Portuguese credited, as six of the twelve places in the shortlist for the Champions League positional awards are held by Madrid players, with Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Casemiro, Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Ronaldo all acknowledged.

Now the capital city club continue with their ambitious yet realistic goal of obtaining all six titles up for grabs this campaign, with two already under their belt.

This season, Real have added to their museum at the Bernabeu with two Super Cups but now four further trophies await: the Club World Cup, LaLiga, the Copa del Rey and the Champions League.

“We know that the hardest part begins now, we are prepared to accept the challenge,” said Zidane ahead of a potentially career defining nine months.

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