Real Madrid: Spanish giants’ launch of women’s team ‘a huge positive’
Real Madrid have finally launched their own women’s team – a decision hailed as “a huge positive”.
It took Real Madrid 118 years before they could launch their woman’s football team.
Los Blancos completed a 300,000 euros (£271,000) buyout of Madrid-based club Tacon, which has now been officially renamed Real Madrid Femenino.
In a statement, Real 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.”
Real were one of the only major football clubs in Europe that didn’t have a women’s team.
Lyon forward Ada Hegerberg, the first winner of the Women’s Ballon d’Or in 2018, said the creation was “a huge positive”.
The 24-year-old added: “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.”
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.
They signed Sweden internationals Kosovare Asllani and Sofia Jakobsson, who was nominated for the 2019 Women’s Ballon d’Or, and Brazil midfielder Thaisa from AC Milan.
However, dominance in Spain won’t come easily for Los Blancos, with their rivals Barcelona and Atletico Madrid already having well-established, world-class teams and an ongoing battle for trophies between themselves.