Established at 1899 by a group of Switzerland, British and Catalan football players directed by Joan Gamper, the team has changed into a symbol of Catalan culture and Catalanism, therefore, the motto "Més que un club" (More than just a team). Unlike several other soccer clubs, the supporters own and operate Barcelona. It's the second best sports club worldwide, value $3.2 billion, plus the world's 4th wealthiest football club with regards to income, with the yearly turnover of €484.6 million. The authorized Barca anthem are the "Cant del Barça", written by Jaume Picas along with Josep Maria Espinàs.
Barca is a joint most successful club in Spain, with regard to overall official titles received (80). It is won 22 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 the record holder for the latter four matches. For worldwide team football, Barca has received four UEFA Champions League, an archive 4 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, four UEFA Super Cup, a record 3 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup and a record two FIFA Club World Cup trophies. Barcelona were rated 1st in the IFFHS Team Globe Standing for 1997, 2009, 2011 and 2012 and presently occupies the second ranking on the UEFA club positions. A club has a long-standing competition with Real Madrid; matches between both clubs is known as "El Clásico".
Barcelona is among the most supported teams in the world, that has the largest social media following worldwide among teams. Barcelona's players have won an archive quantity of Ballon d'Or rewards (ten), as well as a record quantity of FIFA World Player of the year awards (seven). On 2010, this club created history when three players that came via it's junior academy (Messi, Iniesta & Xavi) have been chosen as the three best players on earth in the FIFA Ballon d'Or awards, an unprecedented feat for players on the same football school.