Marcelo Vieira da Silva Júnior popularly known as Marcelo is represented the Spanish club Real Madrid and the Brazilian national team.
He is one of the best attacking Left-back that the game has ever witnessed.
Standing 5 ft 9 in, Marcelo dons the Number 12 while playing for the Los Blancos. He was named to the FIFPro World XI four times, the UEFA Team of the Year for a couple of times and La Liga Team of the Season in 2016.
He is one of the many Brazilians who started their career with futsal at their stepping stone. By the age of 13, he was playing for Fluminense in Rio de Janeiro.
He considered quitting the sport as he couldn’t afford the kits but his club made sure that he continued to play for them as he was an important player or the club.
Marcelo moved to the Real Madrid during the January transfer window in 2007 as a potential replacement for the Legendary countrymate Roberto Carlos.
He played for Fluminense playing for 2 seasons since 2005. He made 30 appearances in total scoring 6 goals before moving to the Spanish capital. His impressive performance at the club earned him the National call.
He made his debut in 2006 against Wales and wasted no time in scoring for his national team. On 7 January 2007, Marcelo made his debut in the 2–0 defeat against Deportivo La Coruña from the bench. On 14 April 2007, Fabio Capello gave Marcelo his first start for Real Madrid against Racing de Santander which to ended in a loss 2–1.
Rise to Glory
He failed to capitalize his bright start to the club and was restricted to the bench in the 2009 season. Then Madrid coach Juande Ramos then deployed him as a Left Winger and he didn’t fail his coach’s decision as he scored a goal in the 4–0 win over Sporting de Gijón. He went on to score 4 more goals in that season.
In the 2009-2010 season, under Manuel Pellegrini, Marcelo played regular football and brought the much-needed versatility and pace along the left flank of the pitch. He reached the top of the assist charts of La Liga in the 2009–10 season and spoke about his interest to play as a Left-Winger.
But it was not until the 2010-11 season when José Mourinho brought the best of him. He was restricted to the back line but he continued to earn plaudits from pundits for his performances throughout the season. He scored his first ever Champion League goal and was the Man of the match against Olympique Lyonnais. He earned him a starting spot in UEFA's starting XI and the claim as the third best player behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in La Liga.
He went on to win both the FIFA Club World Cup and the UEFA Champions League with Madrid in 2014, 2016 and the 2017 seasons.
Marcelo played for Fluminense youth team since 2002 before making his debut with the first team in 2005. He played two successful seasons winning the Campeonato Carioca and Taça Rio in 2005.
He moved to Real Madrid in the 2007 Winter transfer window for € 6.5M and has been a household name for the past decade.
Marcelo’s Record in Numbers
Marcelo featured in the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A Team of the Year in 2006 and the FIFA FIFPro World XI First or Second team since 2012.
He was in the FIFA World Cup Dream team in 2014 edition. He also featured in the La-Liga team of the season in 2011 and 2017.