Real Madrid: The 3 most disappointing players of 2020-2021 going into February

Real Madrid, Isco (Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)
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Real Madrid, Marcelo
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LB Marcelo

The biggest disappointment on Real Madrid has definitely been Marcelo, and nobody comes close. With Isco, we can at least reason that he’d be better if given more minutes in a set role in the squad. I’m sure plenty of people will argue against that, and that’s understandable. But at least someone could conceivably mount a defense for Isco.

Marcelo has no defense. He has been a detriment to the squad, to the point where the team has literally won just two games out of seven between La Liga and the Champions League with the 32-year-old in the starting lineup.

Calling his defending “horrible” would be an understatement. Marcelo loses markers, fails to track back, and gives away the ball frequently. Watching him play is sad. He is a fallen legend. Marcelo was once the best fullback in the world, and he was highly effective at times last year, too. But this year, he has only one good performance, and that was in a 4-1 win over Huesca in which he had two key passes. Even his attacking output has declined, as Marcelo is not averaging a key pass per game or a dribble completed per game in La Liga.

His time has come to a close. Madridistas wish it came on his own terms and on a high note, as opposed to him crumbling into the club’s greatest liability right before their very eyes.