Marcelo, Ten Years of Success at Real Madrid

Marcelo, Ten Years of Success at Real Madrid


15th of November 2006. Real Madrid unveiled a new and unknown player at Santiago Bernabéu Stadium. It was Marcelo Vieira da Silva Junior. He arrived from the Brazilian club Fluminense after paying €6,5M. It looked quite a high transfer fee for an unknown left back without experience signed in the winter transfer market. However in 10 years Marcelo has become one of the best left back in the world and one of Real Madrid captains.

In his first season at Real Madrid, he already played 6 games but only one in the starting eleven -in the defeat against Racing Santander-. He was still very young and inexperienced and he had some problems to adapt himself to the European football, especially in the defensive stage.

In his second season, he had more opportunities and Marcelo played 24 games in La Liga, showing what he was capable of. In the next season, his football got even better and he scored his first goals in La Liga. Actually, the third and the fourth season were the best for the Brazilian left back offensively, scoring 4 goals in La Liga in each of the season.

His best memories in the club came in 2014. Marcelo had some problems before the Champions League final and Carlo Ancelotti thought that Fabio Coentrao was better defensively. Actually, the Portuguese played also in the semifinals against Bayern Múnich. However, Real Madrid were losing the final and Marcelo entered in the second half. The Brazilian scored the third goal, securing the 10th Champions League for Real Madrid. He was also present two years after in the next Champions League final against Atlético, lifting the cup as a captain after Sergio Ramos.

In order to thank the effort given in these 10 years, Florentino Pérez gave a t-shirt remembering his 10 years together with a watch. Marcelo played 372 official games with Real Madrid scoring 26 goals. He has won 3 La Liga trophies, two Copa del Rey, two Spanish Supercups, two Champions League, two European Supercups and one FIFA World Cup with Real Madrid.