Real Madrid captain Vieira Marcelo, is set to depart the
club after spending 15 years at the Spanish capital,
Newspremises has learnt.
According to the Mirror, he already has a new destination
lined up for next year.
The veteran left-back has established himself as a club
legend at Los Blancos, with whom he has made 533 first-
team appearances and won 22 trophies.
He had been a key figure in Madrid’s first team for over a
decade but had lost his starting berth in recent years
following the arrival of Ferland Mendy from Lyon in 2019.
However, the 33-year-old was limited to just 31 La Liga
appearances across the past two full seasons while he
has been beset by multiple leg muscular injuries in recent
Marcelo is out of contract at Real Madrid this coming
summer and his deal at the club is not likely to be
renewed, meaning that he will leave as a free agent at the
end of the campaign.
The experienced player is not short of potential suitors but
his intention is to return to Brazil and his former club
Fluminense, whom he left to join Madrid in January 2007.
Marcelo made just 40 appearances for ‘Flu’ – one of the
giants of Brazilian football – before his move to the
Spanish capital, but during that short stint he did score six
goals for the club.
Upon his arrival, Marcelo was somewhat inevitably hailed
as the next Roberto Carlos – his compatriot who had
become a Real Madrid cult hero due to his goal threat
In 2012, Roberto Carlos commented of the comparison:
“Marcelo possesses a better technical ability than me.”
When Marcelo arrived at Real Madrid, then club president
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
Marcelo would go on to win a grand total of 22 trophies at
the club, including five La Liga titles and four Champions
League crowns – including three in a row between 2016