Marcelo, the Real Madrid captain, has announced his departure from the club after establishing several records in his final season in the Spanish capital.
The Brazilian defender has announced his departure from Real Madrid after 16 years with the club, breaking many records in his last weeks in Spain.
Los Blancos’ defeat of Liverpool in the Champions League final culminated a spectacular season for Carlo Ancelotti’s team, which saw them win La Liga for the 35th time last month — with four rounds of action remaining.
Marcelo, the club’s veteran defender, has stated that he will leave at the conclusion of the season, ending a 16-year stay in the Spanish capital.
It comes after a season in which he played just a minor role in Ancelotti’s team, starting only five La Liga games and none in European competition.
The defender has stated, “I don’t feel like a legend. I am a person who savors each and every moment. Before I left, I had the wonderful fortune of being captain and hoisting the cup.
Already, the final match was a sort of farewell, but there’s no greater way to say goodbye than with my fifth Champions League title. It’s the end of a lovely cycle.”
Despite being second in the pecking order behind Ferland Mendy for the left-back position this season, the Brazilian has remained an encouraging presence on the bench.
Indeed, while deciding what decisions to make during matches, Ancelotti has frequently contacted Marcelo.
Marcelo’s contract with the club expires at the conclusion of the current season, and it is expected that he will return to Brazilian football with Fluminense, where he made 30 appearances as a youth before moving to Europe.
Marcelo was granted a winner’s medal despite only appearing three times throughout Real Madrid’s march to the Champions League title, all from the substitute’s bench.
That was his 25th trophy with Real Madrid, breaking the record set by club great Paco Gento, who won 23 trophies with the club.
“It was a lovely evening,” Marcello stated. “When you’re the first captain, you dream of winning the cup, and I’m the only Brazilian to win a Champions League as Real Madrid’s captain.”
It was Marcelo’s sixth Champions League title, a joint record for any footballer, with Cristiano Ronaldo, Isco, Toni Kroos, and Luka Modric joining him in that exclusive company.
Marcelo has six La Liga titles, two Copa del Rey titles, five Supercopa de Espana titles, three UEFA Super Cup titles, and four FIFA Club World Cup titles to his credit.”
“The emotion is cruel” Marcelo explained. “It was my final game with Real Madrid, and I am overjoyed.
It is not a sad day for me; instead, I am filled with gratitude for the supporters and the amazing nights I have spent at the Bernabeu.”
Marcelo not only broke Gento’s club record, but he also became the first non-Spanish player to captain Real Madrid to both the league and Champions League titles.
After Sergio Ramos left to join Paris Saint-Germain, the Brazilian took over as the team’s leader at the start of the season.
Ramon Calderon, then-president of Real Madrid, stated of his signing in January 2007: “For us, he is a significant signing.
He’s a young player who will provide some freshness to the team, and he’s part of our strategy to bring in younger players. We’re overjoyed because he’s a rare gem that half of Europe has been looking for.”
Marcelo then developed into the long-term heir to another Brazilian club hero, Roberto Carlos, who held the position for more than a decade, aiding Real Madrid – for whom he made 546 first-team appearances – to domestic and European victory.