After Real Madrid’s latest UEFA Champions League victory last Saturday, Brazilian footballer Marcelo Vieira confirmed his departure from the club. Real Madrid won the Champions League for a record 14th time, defeating Liverpool 1-0.
After the game, Marcelo, who has been a part of Real Madrid for 16 years, gave an emotional address to bid the club and fans farewell.
“It was my last match with Real Madrid. I’m not sad. I couldn’t be happier as I leave the club. I’m very thankful. It’s the end of a very beautiful cycle,” the 34-year-old said.
Marcelo also discussed his future ambitions, stating that he intends to play for a few more years before retiring. He also clarified his stand on the possibility of coaching in the future.
Marcelo stated that coaching is not for him since he lacks the tactical knowledge required to become a football manager.
“I don’t think coaching is for me. I think I’m bad at it, I’m not good with tactics. I have no idea how that works,” Marcelo said.
Marcelo, who joined Real Madrid in 2006 from Brazilian club Fluminense, played 546 times for the club and scored 38 goals. Marcelo has won six La Liga titles, four Club World Cup titles, three UEFA Super Cup awards, two Copa del Rey trophies, five Spanish Super Cups, and five UEFA Champions League trophies with Madrid.
Marcelo’s appearances for Real Madrid began to decline this season as he featured in only 18 games. He did not play in the final against Liverpool on Saturday.
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Marcelo in tears 🤍
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