It's been 12 years since Real Madrid last won the Champions league. Since then, Real Madrid have spent a whooping £830 million in their quest for their 10th Champions League title.
It is a period which has seen an eye-watering £830million invested in playing staff.
To strengthen their position as Europe’s No 1 it was first Ronaldo – the Brazilian version – who was recruited for £20m from Inter Milan. Juventus, though, were to eliminate Real at the semi-final stage of their 2003 defence.
David Beckham was the next star name unveiled in the Spanish capital and within 12 months the likes of Michael Owen and Jonathan Woodgate had followed. Ruud van Nistelrooy, Fabio Cannavaro and Arjen Robben were among the others brought in at great cost.
Their progression in the Champions League, however, stalled. Between 2005 and 2010 they failed to make it beyond the Round of 16.
Since then - with the likes of Kaka costing £56m and Cristiano Ronaldo brought in for £80m - they have fallen at the last-four stage in three consecutive years. Considering transfer-market outlay, their Champions League tale is one of massive underachievement.
On Tuesday night, their current expensively-assembled vintage have the chance to go one better.
They hold a 1-0 advantage over Bayern Munich going into their semi-final second leg in Bavaria and are 90 minutes away from ending their 12-year absence from the season’s showcase contest.
Question is, would it all be worth it even if they win the Champions league this year after spending close to a billion pounds?