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Brazilian left-back Marcelo, who also performs the role of a left-winger, is one of the most remarkable football players of today, grabbing attention with his stunning performances for his nation, as well as for Real Madrid in the Spanish League.
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In 2005, after earning Campeonato Carioca with his first team, Fluminense, he was included in the Brasileirão Team of the Season the next year. By the end of 2006, he was signed by Real Madrid for a fee of $8 million. He helped win Champions Leagues thrice, getting selected to be part of the Squad of the Season twice, besides the La Liga titles four times. After debuting for Brazil in 2006, in a match against Wales, and scoring a goal in the match, he made his way to the squad that played in World Cup 2014 in which Brazil went as far as the semi-finals.
Marcelo’s career began with futsal, when he was only 9 years of age. By the time he turned 13, he had attracted the attention of Fluminense. Due to his poverty-stricken life, he was on the verge of quitting football, but the club saw his talent, and made sure that he continued to play.
In 2007, Marcelo signed with Real Madrid in the transfer window of January. His arrival was a reason for happiness for the team. He soon started getting compared to some of the best players in the left-back role. Marcelo debuted in the 2–0 loss to Deportivo La Coruña in January 2007. In April, manager Fabio Capello made Marcelo start for the team for the first time opposite Racing de Santander, but the match ended with a controversial loss by 2–1. In 2007–08, he started in most games, and his speed, attack, scoring and defence abilities made him important for Real Madrid.
2009 saw many bad performances, and Marcelo was made to sit on the bench by coach Juande Ramos, who mostly made him play in the role of a winger, and Marcelo quickly adapted to this role. He turned a strike from Gonzalo Higuaín into his first goal, leading to a 4–0 win against Sporting de Gijón. His second goal led to a win against Almería.
In April 2009, Marcelo’s third goal for Real Madrid was in a game against Recreativo de Huelva, while his fourth was against Sevilla in April 2009. Under manager Manuel Pellegrini, he was a regular in the left flank in the roles of offence and defence, though he was continuously a left-winger under Pellegrini. He managed to make the highest number of assists for La Liga in 2009–10. His successful displays in the season led to his deal getting extended till June 2015.
In 2010–11, manager José Mourinho deployed Marcelo back to his left-back position. In November 2010, Marcelo was announced as one of the 55 players shortlisted for FIFA World XI. His first goal for the season was in a 1–0 victory over RCD Espanyol in February. His first ever Champions League goal was against Olympique Lyonnais, and he also assisted Karim Benzema, and became the man of the match for the win of 3–0. He also scored against Barcelona in a 1–1 draw in the second leg.
In 2011, after being sent off in a match against Barcelona, Marcelo made the third goal in a win of 3–0 over Sporting de Gijón. His performances earned him constant praise from stalwarts like Maradona, and Roberto Carlos went on to say great things about the player. He was part of the Olympic team of 2012. His first goal of the season was against Manchester City in Champions League in September, in a 3–2 win. After an injury, Marcelo returned in February 2013, he came back from an injury to lead Real as the captain in a 2–1 win for Los Merengues. In April, he was again seen in the same role against Real Betis in a match that saw him suffer an injury.
Marcelo made a goal in the final of Guinness International Champions Cup 2013 against Chelsea in August, as his team won with 3–1. He scored one goal in 28 matches of the league. He also scored one of the goals in the 4–1 win in the final of Champions League 2014 against Atlético Madrid. In July 2015, he signed a contract extension till 2020. In October 2015, he made his first goal of the season in a 3–0 win over Levante. After another few fabulous seasons, in September 2017, Marcelo again signed contract extension till summer 2022.
Real Madrid’s successes during Marcelo’s tenure at the team include:
Marcelo joined the senior team of Brazil in 2006. He debuted for Brazil against Wales and scored his first goal for the team in the match in the form of a traditional full-back goal, helping his team win with a score of 2–0. He was invited to join the squad of Olympic 2008, helping his team win a bronze medal. In May 2010, he became one of the seven backups for the FIFA World Cup team. He was eventually called up for a friendly game facing the United States in August 2010.
He was the Man of the Match in a 2–1 victory over Mexico in October 2011, in which he scored the winning shot. Marcelo was a member of the Olympic 2012 team, and Brazil earned a silver medal. He was a part of the Confederations Cup 2013 squad. He was seen in the final match against Spain which ended in a win. In World Cup 2014, he made an own goal in a match against Croatia. It was Brazil’s first own goal in World Cup, but the team eventually won with a score of 3–1.
Brazil’s wins during the tenure of Marcelo are as follows:
Born in Rio de Janeiro, Marcelo had a tough time dealing with poverty in his early life, so much so that he decided that he would quit playing football. But his first team, Fluminense, made sure that he continued to play, and his condition improved. His grandfather San Pedro also helped him financially in his quest to pursue the sport. In 2008, he got married to his longtime partner Clarice Alves, with whom he has two sons, Enzo and Liam.
The current market value of Marcelo is £36 million. He is associated with Adidas. He showcased their F50 adiZero in 2013.
Marcelo’s performances have earned him several individual awards, which include the following: