Marcelo Leite Pereira, also known as Marcelinho, is a Brazilian professional footballer who currently plays for Indian club FC Pune City in the Indian Super League. Marcelinho was born on 22 June 1987 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
He plays primarily as a winger and has been used as a winger at times. He has the ability to play on both the wings due to his pace and acceleration. Marcelinho plays as a typical no.10 for FC Pune City.
Marcelinho began his trade in Flamengo in Brazil and played his youth career there from 2005 to 2006. He received a big boost from there on, signing for the reserve Atletico Madrid side in 2006.
He went on to play for a string of clubs from there on, lacking clinicality and scoring just a few goals. Marcelinho played a short stint in the UAE and then joined the ISL in 2016.
Marcelinho has represented the following teams - Flamengo, Atletico Madrid B, Getafe B, Vitoria, Tombense, Ipatinga, Kalamata, Skoda Xanthi FC, Baniyas, Catania, Atromitos, Anapolis, Delhi Dynamos, Avai, and Pune City.
Marcelinho made his youth career debut in 2005 for Flamengo and made his first professional debut for the reserve Atletico Madrid side in 2006. He spent a few more seasons moving from club to club before he could find some stability.
Rise to Glory
Marcelinho began his footballing in his hometown of Rio de Janeiro, where he would spend a year of his youth career at Flamengo before being purchased by Atletico Madrid where he played just 2 games for the reserve side and failing to score any goals. He moved to Getafe in 2007 where he played 8 games for the reserve side, again failing to score goals.
Marcelinho scored his first professional goal when he was on loan at Ipatinga from Tombense. He appeared in 10 matches and notched up 2 goals in the Campeonato Mineiro Modulo 2.
In 2008, he marked his entry into Greek football by signing for Kalamata FC who play in the Gamma Ethniki league. Marcelinho played 14 games and scored 6 goals in the league for the Greek club.
In 2009, Marcelinho signed for another Greek club Skoda Xanthi FC, where he would go on to play for 4 years, amassing more than a 100 caps.
He played a total of 115 games in all competitions, scored 17 goals and provided 14 assists. Skoda Xanthi marked the longest stay of Marcelinho’s career.
From 2013, Marcelinho did not stay at any club for more than a season, playing short stints for a string of clubs before marking his entry into Indian football.
He first signed a contract for Baniyas in UAE where he played 11 games and scored 3 goals in the 2013-14 season. A contract with Catania marked a high-profile switch, enhancing his moves further on.
Marcelinho signed for two more Greek clubs after playing just 9 games for Catania and scoring 1 goal. He played 25 games for Atromitos FC in Greece, scoring 4 goals.
In 2016, Marcelinho signed for ISL side Delhi Dynamos and became the season’s Golden Boot winner with 10 goals and 5 assists.
He then signed for Brazilian club Avai in 2017, before returning for the 2017-18 ISL season to play for FC Pune City.