Marcelo is a Real Madrid legend in every sense of the word. Though left backs don’t always get the praise they deserve, the long-time Madridista is an exception to that rule. And he has been an exception in so many ways, including the way he plays the game.
An attacking fullback, Marcelo was essential to Madrid in the three-peat era, forming a telepathic communication with the best player in the world on that left flank, Cristiano Ronaldo.
His play recently slipped due to a physical decline in old age, to the point where he was seen as a scapegoat at times when he did start at left back in the 2020/21 season.
But with one year left on his contract, Marcelo has been called upon at times in the current season. Replacing Sergio Ramos as the captain after the No. 4 signed with PSG this past summer, Marcelo has led by example whenever he plays, producing quality performances that have erased any sour notes from the previous seasons.
Marcelo has won 24 titles with Real Madrid, the most in club history
Now, Marcelo is a LaLiga champion, walking out with his head held high at the end of the season. He is also a record-breaker, with the title triumph being his 24th trophy for Real Madrid, the most of any Madridista in history. Yes, even more than the legendary Paco Gento.
And Madridistas cannot help but give their beloved Marcelo is flowers after he started and played well against Espanyol in Real Madrid’s 35 LaLiga title-winning triumph.
All good things come to an end, and while it is especially tough to wave goodbye to Marcelo – as a champion, at all times – it is best to leave on a bittersweet note than a bitter one.
Marcelo joined Real Madrid as a bargin from Fluminense in 2007, and just two years later, Karim Benzema arrived with Cristiano Ronaldo as the titanic headliners of that fabled transfer window. They built an entire era of greatness together.
The legacies of Benzema and Marcelo will be discussed even more this season amidst Benzema’s Ballon d’Or-level campaign and the left back’s farewell. And so it was very fitting for them to hoist the league title together. There is, of course, still the Champions League left to play!
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Aren’t well all? Madridistas have so much love for Marcelo, and that love is reciprocated by the skillful left back. It is beyond words to be able to see him happy, healthy, playing well, and winning as a Real Madrid player before he moves on to the final chapter of his legendary career.