Marcelo has claimed winning the Champions League final with Real Madrid has been the highlight of his career so far.
The left-back played a key role in Los Blancos’ success to lift the Decima, and netted the third goal in the famous 4-1 win over Atletico de Madrid in May when the Madrid rivals clashed in Lisbon.
The win ended the 12-year wait for the the club’s 10th European crown, and Marcelo told Realmadrid.com and Realmadrid TV that a huge weight was lifted on the player’s shoulder after that win.
He also told the official club website and TV channel that he broke down with emotion at the end because it was the highlight of his career. The Brazilian has enjoyed a trophy-laden eight year spell with Real, including winning La Liga, the Copa del Rey, the Spanish Supercopa and the European Super Copa. He also represented home home nation as they hosted the World Cup in the summer.
Marcelo stated: “At the beginning we had those nerves and the focus that allow you to walk out onto the pitch full of self assurance and confidence so as not to make any mistakes and to do our jobs well.
“That day we knew it would be a joyous final because we didn’t stop fighting and everyone was supporting us from the dugout. We wanted to give the fans and our families something to be happy about, and we knew that it had to be that way. We had to give it our all.”
And he added: “Winning the Champions League was really important. It is the most important title I have ever won. I have been here eight years and it was an enormous source of happiness. When Zidane came in and hugged me after the match had ended I broke down and cried and felt an immense sense of happiness. It was indescribable.”