Established in 1899 by a number of Swiss, British and Catalan footballers directed with Joan Gamper, the team has turned into a symbol regarding Catalan culture and Catalanism, therefore the slogan "Més que un club" (More than just a club). Not like many other soccer clubs, a supporters own and operate Barcelona. It is the second most valuable sports team in the world, value $3.2 billion, plus the world's 4th richest football club regarding revenue, with an annual income for €484.6 million. A authorized Barcelona anthem is the "Cant del Barça", written by Jaume Picas together with Josep Maria Espinàs.
Barca is a joint most successful club in Spain, with regards to overall official titles won (80). It has received twenty-two Spanish League, 26 Copa del Rey, eleven Supercopa de España, 2 Copa Eva Duarte and 2 Copa de la Liga awards, in addition to being a record owner to the latter 4 competitions. In international club football, Barcelona has achieved four 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 World Position for 1997, 2009, 2011 and 2012 and currently occupies the second position for the UEFA team positions. A team has a long-standing rivalry with Real Madrid; matches involving both teams are called "El Clásico".
Barca is one of the many supported teams in the world, that has the largest social networking following in the world within sports teams. Barcelona's players have gained a record number of Ballon d'Or awards (ten), as well as a record quantity of FIFA World Player of year awards (seven). On 2010, the team made history when 3 players that came via it's youth academy (Messi, Iniesta & Xavi) had been picked as the 3 best players in the world on the FIFA Ballon d'Or awards, an unparalleled feat for players from the same football academic.