Real Madrid left back Marcelo is a living legend. He is one of the greatest left backs of all time and was one of the top 10 players in the world at his peak, which was when Los Merengues three-peated the Champions League in an unprecedented feat.
In total, Marcelo has won 25 titles as a Madridista, with his latest coming in the Champions League for his fifth UCL title with the Merengues. He has more titles than any player in the history of the club.
Marcelo said after the Champions League win over Liverpool that this was his last game with the Merengue club:
"“It was my last game with Real Madrid.”"
There was speculation Marcelo could take a paycut and stay in Madrid, but that will not be the case now. Some were wondering if the Brazilian was frustrated after cameras caught him making remarks to Lucas Vazquez, but that does not appear to be the case.
He is making the right choice, as hard as it is to say goodbye. Especially at a pressurized club like Real Madrid, it is always better to go out on top. With a Supercup, LaLiga, and Champions League title in the 2021/22 season, the legendary left back is certainly doing just that.
Beyond the team success, Marcelo also had a good season as an individual, bouncing back after being a major liability in the 2020/21 season due to his defensive weaknesses. But in 2021/22 under Carlo Ancelotti, the 34-year-old proved to be useful, even in some important matches.
Madridistas will miss him as they bid farewell to one of the most iconic and likable players in the history of the club.
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What’s next for Marcelo? Fluminense could make sense as a free agent signing, as the player has been linked to the childhood club he shined at before joining Los Blancos. But we shall see what the future holds for his final chapter.