• An exceptionally skilled and celebrated soccer player.

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Example Sentences

“My dad still tells stories about getting to see an exhibition match with some of the galactico players in 2005.” 

“I’ll never be a galactico, but I bet I’ll make the varsity soccer team next year.” 

“Do you think there will ever be another team like the Real Madrid galacticos?”

Word Origin

Spanish, 2000s

Why this word?

Translated literally from the Spanish “galáctico,” “galactico” means “bigger than a star.” This term came about in the early 2000s to refer to the superstar Real Madrid soccer players in the early 2000s, namely Luis Figo, Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo, David Beckham, and Sergio Ramos. The word “galactico” can be used casually, but it specifically applies to different eras in Real Madrid football.

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