Marcelo made history at Real Madrid, and at the club he played in 545 games, 481 of which as a starter, he won 371 wins, 86 draws and 88 defeats, in addition to 38 goals scored and 101 assists. The winger officially said goodbye to the club last Monday (13), in a special event held at the Santiago Bernabéu, and was moved to give his last press conference for the Merengues.
“Today is the happiest day since I arrived at Real. Because I’m leaving and I realize I left a legacy. My teammates don’t see me as Marcelo who does little, but as a great person. I don’t think much about the future… The hardest thing is saying goodbye. Wearing this shirt is the most beautiful thing. The future doesn’t scare me because history is already written”, said the player.
Valued at 3 million euros, around R$ 16 million, the side played for a decade and a half at the Spanish club, with the Merengues he won 25 titles, including five Champions Leagues, four Club World Cups, three European Super Cups, six Leagues. , two King’s Cups and five Spanish Super Cups, these achievements that ensured the title of the most victorious player in the club’s history. Something that was remembered by president Florentino Pérez, who also mentioned that the athlete arrived at the club at just 18 years old, in 2007, after leaving Fluminense.
“Dear Marcelo, you made all dreams come true. He won absolutely everything, a total of 25 titles. He is without a doubt one of the best defenders in the history of world football. Real Madrid is and will always be your home. You have to be very proud of everything you’ve achieved at the best club in the world”, said Florentino Pérez.
Marcelo’s idea was to stay at Real Madrid and he said he tried everything not to leave the team. Despite the lack of success in the mission, the winger said he doesn’t hold any grudges against the team, There’s no problem leaving Real Madrid, life doesn’t end here. I’m not leaving saying “Damn, I wanted another year”. I will always support Real, and we all decided to walk out the front door, looking everyone in the face. I didn’t want to go a year or two more out of pity.” he said.
Now, away from Real Madrid, Marcelo has not yet defined his future and seems to be in no hurry to take the next step. “I don’t think much about the future. As you know, I always live in the moment. It’s hard to leave the club of your life after 16 years with lots of joy, suffering, training, pain, giving everything for the club. But that’s not a complaint . I would do it again. I would play with pain, train with pain. Just putting on this shirt is something very beautiful, very strong. The future doesn’t scare me. What I had to do, I did. History is written. I’m very happy with myself same,” he revealed.
Despite not deciding on his future club, the 34-year-old has ruled out the possibility of retiring for the moment and has also assured that he will have no problem facing Real Madrid. “I didn’t think about retiring. I can still play – and well, I think. Because of the affection I have for Real Madrid, I think it wouldn’t be a problem to play against Real Madrid. Why not? I did everything I had to with Real Madrid. I think I did well. If one day I need to play against, I’m a professional. Real Madrid taught me to be a professional”.
If Marcelo still doesn’t think about the future, the clubs do not fail to show interest in the player, who is the target of several teams. According to the newspaper “Marca”, the Brazilian was sought after by clubs in three countries: Turkey, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. Fenerbahçe is cited as one of the top destinations for the player. About the possibility of working in Turkey, Marcelo preferred not to go into details. “When we have something, I will speak on Instagram,” said the player at the press conference. Despite this, “Marca” guarantees that the side is inclined to accept the proposal of the team led by Jorge Jesus.
Another club that appears as an option is Real Valladolid, which Ronaldo owns. According to the program “El Partidazo” on radio “COPE”, the club wants to count on the full-back and hopes that Marcelo’s desire to stay in Madrid with his family will be a favorable point to win the signing of the player.
Journalist Rafael Reis, in his column on the Uol Esporte website, stated that three Brazilian clubs, namely Corinthians, Botafogo and Fluminense: “they came in contact with the side’s staff”. Despite this, in an exclusive interview with TNT last year, the player’s staff would have denied the chances of returning to Brazil. “There is no possibility of Marcelo returning to Brazil and the player’s desire is to continue in European football.”, said the publication.