The Santiago Bernabéu was opened on December 14, 1947 with a capacity of just over 75,000. Originally called Nuevo Estadio Chamartin, in the 1950s it was expanded to hold around 125,000 as Real won the first five European Cups. In 1955 the ground was renamed to honour Real's former president Santiago Bernabéu Yeste. Today it holds 85,454 people to watch players such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Xabi Alonso and soon, following his world-record move from Tottenham, Gareth Bale.

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