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All eyes were on the Balearic islands on Saturday night, as plucky Mallorca defied the odds to beat the might of and secure a famous victory for the club.  

Two seasons ago, the islanders plied their trade in the third tier and back then they could seldom have dreamed of a La Liga night like this. 

It has been a meteoric rise for a club that, despite being 103 years old, see themselves as the new kids on the block. They were over £60m in debt when their new owners took charge in 2016, and by their own admission 'nearly disappeared' on three different occasions.

Lago Junior celebrates after scoring the only goal of the game in Mallorca's historic victory

Lago Junior celebrates after scoring the only goal of the game in Mallorca's historic victory

Mallorca fans celebrate their win over Real Madrid... they've come a long way in three years

Mallorca fans celebrate their win over ... they've come a long way in three years

Now, everything is different. They are back in the top flight, 16 years after playing in the UEFA Cup final, and for 'several reasons' believe they have a special project on their hands.

Speaking to Sportsmail in a UK exclusive interview before Saturday's historic win, the club's CEO Maheta Molango explains: 'We will never be or Barcelona, it's just a fact. We accept that, but at the same time there's no reason that we can't be a club like Villarreal or Real Sociedad, for several reasons. 

'Number one: although Mallorca is an island, it's the eighth biggest city in terms of inhabitants, so there's a talent pool there, to help us grow. We can have a very strong academy. Secondly, we believe that Mallorca is a very special city, because there's more than 10 million tourists every year. It's an international city.

'Thirdly, we believe that as a club, with our history, we already have the facilities. We have a La Liga stadium, a La Liga training ground. We are a La Liga club. 

'Fourth, our connection to the Phoenix Suns makes us a very special club. There's a bridge between the best football league in the world, La Liga, and the best league overall in any sport, in the NBA. We will never be Barcelona or , and we accept that, but we can be a sustainable, strong and serious project long-term.'

And serious they certainly were on Saturday night. Lago Junior scored the only goal of the game early on as Mallorca ended 's unbeaten start to the season and in turn hauled themselves out of the relegation places. 

Zinedine Zidane's side were shellshocked and their unbeaten start to the season is now over

Zinedine Zidane's side were shellshocked and their unbeaten start to the season is now over

Maheta Molango told Sportsmail that his side were 'midgets in the land of giants' in La Liga

Maheta Molango told Sportsmail that his side were 'midgets in the land of giants' in La Liga

The club know that it won't be easy to stay up this season, though. Their budget, with a £25million purse to buy players, is easily the smallest in La Liga and is dwarfed by some clubs' spending in the second tier of Spanish football. 

Regardless, they are picking up wins. The islanders won their opening match of the season, and have now found a run of form to secure back-to-back victories. There have been five defeats too, but there seems to be a reality about their situation and place in La Liga.

'It's not just about resources, it's about understanding that we are what we are,' Molango continues. 'We have a €29m salary cap, which sounds like a lot but nowadays in modern football it's nothing. 

'We are midgets in the lands of giants. We

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