It’s been a mixed season for Real Madrid in 2017/18. Following back-to-back Champions League triumphs, it was expected that Los Blancos would not only challenge in Europe but defend their league title.
However, stuttering form in La Liga – couple with some shocking defending and a sluggish start – means the most decorated side in Spain have struggled to challenge the likes of Barcelona and even city rivals Atletico Madrid domestically.
Five defeats and seven draws tell a story of inconsistency for the current champions in third place. The French boss has managed to quell the rumours of departure by reaching 100 wins, defeating Malaga 2-1 to reach the milestone, before the club faces a tantalising Champions League semi-final against German giants Bayern Munich.
Joining an illustrious band of men to achieve such success at Santiago Bernebau, here’s a look at the other managers who have matched his record and those he still has to catch to go down in Real Madrid’s history as one of the best.
Leo Beenhakker (107 Wins)
The experienced Dutch coach, now a technical advisor at Sparta Rotterdam, kicks off our list with an impressive record of three successive La Liga titles during his three-year stint at the helm between 1986 and 1989.
Collecting a Copa del Rey trophy and two Supercopas de Espana, the multilingual manager then went on to take charge of a host of national teams including his homeland, Trinidad and Tobago, Poland and Saudi Arabia.
Only losing 22 games in a 169-game spell, the pressure of managing the greatest club side in the world took its toll on the now 75-year-old.
Vicente del Bosque (127 Wins)
This legend needs no introduction, but here’s one anyway…
A national hero after guiding La Roja to their first World Cup win in 2010, Vicente del Bosque earned his shot at the national job after his success with Los Merengues, who he guided to two Champions Leagues, two La Liga titles and three other trophies in three separate spells.
With three being the magic number, the 67-year-old Spaniard enters third in the win column in with 127 victories.
Not just a managerial genius, he previously made a name for himself in the Spanish capital by collecting five La Liga trophies and four Copa del Rey cups as a player.
José Mourinho (128 Wins)
The self-proclaimed ‘Special One’ wasn’t as popular as he would’ve liked after departing the club with his tail between his legs in 2013.
Struggling to cope with the magnitude of the task at hand – dethroning Barcelona – Mourinho lost his way in a public spat with several first team players, the media, board members and just about everyone else before returning to the Premier League.
His stint in Spain was, however, by no means a failure. In his three-year spell in charge, he did manage to briefly wrestle La Liga from the grasp of Pep Guardiola in 2012.
A win percentage of 71.91% will silence the critics, while only one man has more victories under his belt as Real manager…
Winning three European Cups and four La Liga titles, Miguel Muñoz’s record is unprecedented and puts the late manager at the top of the pile, not just in terms of wins but as a club hero too.
A massive 352 wins in 595 games will take some beating, during fifteen years in charge of Los Blancos.
Coaching the likes of Alfredo Di Stéfano and Ferenc Puskás, the legendary boss had some serious talent at his disposal, during the club’s first glory period, before later managing the national team to the quarter-finals of the World Cup in 1986.