Madrid launch new team in exciting development!

IN a thumbs up for the global football game, Spanish giants Real Madrid unveiled a new women’s team in a decision which has been hailed as ‘a huge positive’.

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Los Blancos completed a €300 000 (R5.7 million) buyout of the Madrid-based women’s club Tacon, which has now been renamed Real Madrid Femenino. The Spanish giants, in a statement, said it wanted to contribute to the sport’s development and growth. Real president Florentino Perez said: “The time has come to build a team that you will all be very proud of.”

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Real Madrid have stepped up and joined other football giants with the formation of its own women’s team (Image: Sourced).

Real were reportedly one of the only major football clubs in Europe that did not have a women’s team. Lyon forward and the first winner of the Women’s Ballon d’Or in 2018, Ada Hegerberg, said the new development was a huge positive [for women’s football].

“I’m hoping they will stabilise the investment over a long period and that they have a long-term perspective because it can’t happen overnight,” said the 24-year-old. Tacon, formed in 2014, went on a recruitment drive after promotion to the Spanish women’s top-flight last season, knowing there was the likelihood of a takeover.

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Los Blancos completed a buyout of the Madrid-based women’s club Tacon (Image: Getty Images).

The long-awaited arrival of the Real Madrid brand in women’s football leaves German club Borussia Dortmund, as arguably the biggest European outfit not to have a senior women’s team to their name. Real’s move further came after several other giants of the men’s game took similar decisions to invest in women’s football in recent years, following in the footsteps of Juventus and Manchester United.

The latter have created early success, following its formation in 2017, by going on to lift three consecutive Women’s Series A titles. In the case of Madrid’s newly formed women’s outfit, dominance in Spain won’t come as easily, with their rivals Barcelona and Atletico Madrid already having well-established, world-class teams which have had an ongoing battle for trophies between them.