Marcelo Vieira faces what will be, except surprise, his last season as a player of the Real Madrid. The Brazilian footballer ends his contract in June 2022 and his performance since the end of 2018 has ended up penalizing him after having been the great reference in the left-back position since the retirement of Roberto Carlos.
Today, yes, Marcelo is in luck. On a day like today 15 years ago, the former Fluminense was presented at the Santiago Bernabéu as the natural heir of Roberto Carlos, at that time in the squad I trained Fabio Capello. At 18 years old, Marcelo was a young promise semi-unknown to the general public who had already been on the radar of Monchi. It was not the only signing they made Ramón Calderón and Pedja Mijatovic in that winter market, because the Argentines also arrived Fernando Gago (20 years) and Gonzalo Higuaín (19).
Although the ex of Boca Juniors and the ex of River Plate They had a prori more cartel than Marcelo, it has been the latter who over the years has become a legend in the history of Real Madrid. With 532 games behind him, the Brazilian who has worn the white jersey the most times beating Roberto Carlos (527). Only Karim Benzema, with 574, surpasses him as the foreigner with the most games for the white club.
“I come to win many titles,” he said. Marcelo the day of its presentation. And he has not missed his promise, because with Real Madrid he has lifted 22 titles, including five leagues, four Champions, two King’s Cups or four Club World Cups. He has also scored 38 goals and distributed 99 assists. But beyond the numbers, it has been his quality, his charisma and his performance on the designated days that have made him a legend of the club.
First captain since the departure of Sergio Ramos On the way to PSG, the importance in the team has been decreasing for some time now and everything indicates that he is living the last chapter of his career at the White House. If you arrived as a stranger, you will be dismissed with honor.