On 14 December 1947, Real Madrid inaugurated its new stadium with a match against Portuguese side Os Belenenses. The friendly ended with 3-1 win for the Whites with Barinaga going down in history as the first person to score at the new stadium. 69 years later, the home of Real Madrid is a source of pride for fans and a benchmark in the world of sports.
Out on the turf a multitude of Real Madrid trophies have been lifted and the best players in football history have played on it, from Molowny to Cristiano Ronaldo, passing through the likes of Di Stéfano, Puskas, Gento, Butragueño and Raúl. In 1955 it was decided that the stadium would be named in honour of Santiago Bernabéu.