MADRID (Spain) – “It was a wonderful adventure. Today I walk away from here as the footballer who has won the most titles in the history of the best team in the world“. In the press conference organized by Florentino Perez’s club, Marcelo greets Real Madrid after 16 seasons and 25 trophies. Among the participants in the farewell ceremony in Valdebebas, the sports center of the merengues, there are teammates, Perez himself, as well as Carlo Ancelotti and Raul, who today is in charge of the club’s B team. But Marcelo insisted that he has no plans to retire yet. The Brazilian defender, aged 34 in May, will be released later this month. Among the 25 trophies won wearing Real Madrid’s camiseta blanca, there are five Champions League, six Spanish championships and two Copa del Rey titles: “I say thanks to teammates, coaches and all the people who work behind the scenes. A special thanks to Raul, who helped me a lot and that he was my ‘example’. I go away with my head held high: it’s not goodbye, I don’t feel like I’m leaving Madrid. I woke up every day, in these sixteen years, with the joy of being in the best club in the world; my children saw that I played in the best team in the world. If you don’t give me a ticket, when I ask you, there will be problems“, the Brazilian joked.
Marcelo: “I’m ready to play against Real Madrid”
Marcelo also said he was ready to play against Real Madrid in the future: he did not rule out the possibility of going to play for one of the greats of European football: “I don’t think playing against Madrid will be a problem. I am very professional“. Marcelo collected his fifth Champions League title last month when Real defeated Liverpool in Paris to win the fourteenth European Cup. But he didn’t play in the final: Ancelotti preferred Frenchman Ferland Mendy to him. season. Marcelo in fact only made five appearances as a starter in the La Liga. “This season I barely played but I felt useful even without playing. I felt the responsibility“said Marcelo.”A moment before I was furious with Ancelotti the next day we exchanged kisses and hugs“.
Perez: “Marcelo, you are irreplaceable”
Marcelo joined Real Madrid in 2007. In these years of his career with the Blancos he has made 545 appearances. “You are irreplaceable“said Florentino Perez. “Be proud of your outstanding career“.
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