Brazilian professional footballer Marcelo Vieira da Silva Júnior has decided to leave Real Madrid after 15 years of amazing spell.
The veteran left-back has become a legend at Los Blancos, having 533 first-team appearances and won 22 trophies, including five La Liga titles and four Champions League crowns.
Marcelo who was one of the important players in Madrid for over a decade had lost his space in recent years following the arrival of Ferland Mendy from Lyon in 2019.
The 33 years old defender with 31 La Liga appearances in the past two campaigns has been battling with multiple leg muscular injuries in recent seasons.
Marcelo’s contract at Real Madrid will expire at the end of this season and his deal at the club is not likely to be renewed, meaning that he will depart as a free agent at the end of the campaign.
Marcelo who is not without potential suitors currently aims to return to his former club Fluminense, where he left to join Madrid in January 2007.
Upon his arrival, the Brazilian star was inevitably commended as the next Roberto Carlos, his compatriot who had become a Real Madrid hero due to his goal exploits from left-back.
Roberto Carlos, in 2012, commented on the comparison, “Marcelo possesses a better technical ability than me.”
Following the arrival of Marcelo at Real Madrid, the then president of the club Ramon Calderon 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.”