Former Brazil star and Real Madrid captain, Maecelo, is set to leave the Los Blancos at the end of the season after 15 years with the club.
Since his arrival at the Bernabeau, the experienced left-back has established himself as a club icon, having made 533 first-team games and winning 22 laurels.
The Brazilian had been a vital component in Real Madrid’s first team for over a decade, but he has lost his starting spot in recent years with Ferland Mendy’s arrival from Lyon in 2019.
Marcelo, who is now 33 years old, has only made 31 La Liga matches in the last two seasons due to a series of leg muscular problems.
According to the UK Mirror, Marcelo’s Real Madrid contract expires this summer, and his term is unlikely to be renewed, meaning he will leave as a free agent at the conclusion of the season.
The seasoned player has a plethora of suitors, but his preference is to return to Brazil and his former club Fluminense, whom he left in January 2007 to join Real Madrid.
Marcelo only made 40 games for ‘Flu’ – one of Brazil’s biggest clubs – before moving to the Spanish capital, but he did score six goals during his time there.
Marcelo was heralded as the new Roberto Carlos upon his debut, a compatriot who had become a Real Madrid legend thanks to his goal threat from left-back.
Roberto Carlos in 2012 shared his thought on who’s a better player between he and his compatriot Marcelo, he said: “Marcelo possesses a better technical ability than me.”
Ramon Calderon who was the President of the White Angels in 2007 when Marcelo came in, said, “He is an important signing for us.
“He is a young player who will inject some freshness into the side and is part of our plan to bring younger players into the squad.
“We’re very happy because he’s a pearl that half of Europe wanted.”
Marcelo went on to win a whooping 22 trophies at the Spanish capital. He has five La Liga titles and four Champions League winners medal.
It’s worthy of note that the Brazilian was part of the squad that did the three in a row streak in the UCL between 2016 and 2018.