Established on 1899 by a group of Switzerland, British plus Catalan football players directed by Joan Gamper, the team has turned into a image of Catalan civilization and Catalanism, hence the slogan "Més que un club" (A lot more than a club). Not like several soccer clubs, a supporters own and operate Barcelona. It is the 2nd best sports team worldwide, worth $3.2 billion, plus the world's 4th richest football club in terms of earnings, with the annual earnings of €484.6 million. A authorized Barca anthem is a "Cant del Barça", composed by Jaume Picas and Josep Maria Espinàs.
Barcelona is the joint most successful team on Spain, with regard to overall official titles received (80). It's received twenty-two La Liga, twenty-six Copa del Rey, 11 Supercopa de España, 2 Copa Eva Duarte and 2 Copa de la Liga trophies, as well as being a record holder for the latter four matches. For international team soccer, Barca has won 4 UCL, a record four UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, four UEFA Super Cup, an archive 3 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup and a record two FIFA Club World Cup trophies. Barca were ranked 1st on the IFFHS Club Globe Ranking on 1997, 2009, 2011 and 2012 and presently occupies the second position for the UEFA club rankings. A team carries a long-standing competition with Real Madrid; matches between both teams is known as "El Clásico".
Barca is one of the most supported teams in the world, that has the largest social media following in the world among sports teams. Barcelona's players already have won a record number of Ballon d'Or rewards (10), together with a record number of FIFA World Player of the year awards (7). In 2010, this club created history while three players that came thru its youth academy (Messi, Iniesta & Xavi) have been picked as the three top players in the world in the FIFA Ballon d'Or awards, an unparalleled accomplishment for players from the same football school.