Marcelo is the best left-back in the world, says Carlo Ancelotti

Marcelo is the best left-back in the world, says Carlo Ancelotti


Carlo Ancelotti has hit back at Brazil manager’s claim that Marcelo is not good enough for the national team, saying he’s the best left-back in the world.

The 26-year-old was part of the Brazil side that suffered a humiliating World Cup on home soil last summer. Having cruised on the knock-out stages, the hosts were crushed 7-1 by Germany at the semi-final stage – sending the football mad nation into mourning and leaving them doing much soul searching.

Luis Felipe Scolari was relieved of his managerial duties and succeeded by Dunga. Since his appointment, the 1994 World Cup-winning captain hasn’t picked the Real Madrid left-back. Last week, he told the media Marcelo was too attacking and didn’t think he’s efficient enough for the national side.

Speaking to journalists, Carlo Ancelotti his back, saying Marcelo is one of the best defenders in the world.

“Marcelo is one of the best wide players in the world, if not the best,” he said. “Brazil did not have a good World Cup but that was not Marcelo’s fault.”

Marcelo joined Los Blancos in 2006 and has made 290 appearances for the club, scoring 20 goals along the way. He scored the third goal in Real’s Champions League win over Atletico de Madrid in May as Los Blancos won La Decima.