|Full Name||Marcelo Vieira da Silva Junior|
|Date of Birth||May 12, 1988|
|Nationality||Brazilian / Spanish|
|Birth Place||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Height||1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Debut||April 16, 2006|
Marcelo Vieira da Silva Júnior, popularly known as Marcelo, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a left-back for Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A side Fluminense. He is renowned for his offensive capabilities, trickery, and technical qualities and is regarded by many as one of the greatest left-backs of all time.
Marcelo was born on May 12, 1988, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He started playing football at a young age and joined the Fluminense youth academy when he was 13 years old. He quickly established himself as one of the most talented players in the academy and was soon promoted to the first team.
His tenure with Los Blancos lasted 16 seasons, where he amassed 546 appearances, scoring 38 goals. During his time at Real Madrid, Marcelo has won numerous titles, including six La Liga titles, five UEFA Champions League titles, and four FIFA Club World Cup titles.
On September 3, 2022, Marcelo joined Super League Greece side Olympiacos, however, five months later, he terminated his contract. On February 23, 2023, he returned to Fluminense.
Marcelo represented the Brazilian national team at various youth levels before making his senior debut in 2006 in a friendly against Wales. He was part of the Brazilian team that won the FIFA Confederations Cup in 2013 and was also a member of the Brazilian team that finished fourth at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, which was hosted by Brazil.
Marcelo was also part of the 2012 Summer Olympics and won a silver medal for his nation. He also featured in the 2018 FIFA World Cup and captained his country during their first game in the group stages. After being eliminated in the quarter-finals by Belgium, Marcelo was omitted from future squads, making that his last appearance for Brazil.
He won 58 caps for his country, scoring six goals in total.
Marcelo has made over 500 appearances for Real Madrid, making him the Brazilian player with the most appearances for the club.
Marcelo has won the UEFA Champions League title five times with Real Madrid, making him the Brazilian player with the most titles in the competition.
Marcelo has provided over 90 assists in La Liga, making him the defender with the most assists in the league's history.
|Fluminense||Campeonato Carioca: 2005|
|Taça Rio: 2005|
|Real Madrid||La Liga: 2006–07, 2007–08, 2011–12, 2016–17, 2019–20, 2021–22|
|Copa del Rey: 2010–11, 2013–14|
|Supercopa de España: 2008, 2012, 2017, 2019–20, 2021–22|
|UEFA Champions League: 2013–14, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18, 2021–22|
|UEFA Super Cup: 2014, 2016, 2017|
|FIFA Club World Cup: 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018|
|Brazil U23||Summer Olympics Silver Medal: 2012; Bronze Medal: 2008|
|Brazil||FIFA Confederations Cup: 2013|
|Individual||Campeonato Brasileiro Série A Team of the Year: 2006|
|France Football Team of the Decade (2010–2019)|
|L'Équipe Team of the Season: 2011, 2016, 2017, 2018|
|ESPN Best Left-back of the Year 2017, 2018|
|UEFA Team of the Year: 2011, 2017, 2018|
|FIFA FIFPro World XI: 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019|
|FIFA World Cup Dream Team: 2014, 2018|
|La Liga Team of the Season: 2015–16|
|UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season: 2010–11, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18|
|ESM Team of the Year: 2015–16, 2016–17|
|IFFHS Men's World Team: 2017, 2018|
|IFFHS World Team of the Decade: 2011–2020|
|IFFHS CONMEBOL Team of the Decade: 2011–2020|
Off the field, Marcelo is known for his love of music and dance. He has appeared in music videos and has even released a few songs of his own, including a single called "Sempre Mais" in 2018.
Marcelo is also a philanthropist and is involved in several charitable causes. He has worked with organizations that support children's health and education, and he has also donated to help victims of natural disasters.
In addition to his philanthropic work, Marcelo is an animal lover and has several pets, including dogs and horses. He has even started a farm where he breeds horses, which he named after his son, Enzo.
As of 2023, his net worth is estimated to be around $16 million.
Marcelo was born into a middle-class family. His father, Marcelo Vieira da Silva, was a fireman, and his mother, Maria das Graças da Silva, was a teacher. He is also known to be very close to his siblings, with his brother, Juliano, serving as his agent for many years.
Marcelo is married to Clarice Alves, and the couple has two children together, a son named Enzo and a daughter named Liam.
In 2019, he reportedly purchased a luxurious apartment in the heart of Madrid for around 3.5 million euros. The apartment is located in a high-end residential complex in the Salamanca district of the city and features four bedrooms, four bathrooms, and stunning views of the city.
In addition to his Madrid apartment, Marcelo also owns a stunning villa in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The property reportedly features a large swimming pool, a football pitch, and stunning views of the city and the ocean.