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A brother that football gave me: Ronaldo pens heartfelt message for Marcelo after latter’s departure from Real Madrid

Marcelo joined Real Madrid in 2006 from Brazilian club Fluminense, played 546 times for the club and scored 38 goals.

Abhishek Sandikar Author

Updated - 14 June 2022 6:51 pm

Cristiano Ronaldo

Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo has posted an earnest message for his former teammate Marcelo, who left Real Madrid after 16 years. The Portuguese striker talked about how Marcelo was someone like a brother and is one of the ‘greatest stars’ he has played with. He also wished him the best of luck for the next step of his career. 

“More than a teammate, a brother that football gave me,” Cristiano Ronaldo posted. “On and off the pitch, one of the greatest stars with whom I had the pleasure of sharing a dressing room. Go for it all in this new adventure, Marcelo!”

Marcelo himself was extremely emotional during his speech as he expressed gratitude towards his teammates, coaches and the other staff members who have supported him during his career. He said, “Thanks to my teammates, coaches. But above all to the kit men, to the security, to the people who work behind the scenes and have dirty work. 

“I want to highlight their work because I only dedicate myself to playing and I always had everything ready. I want to thank my wife because she has always been by my side since I started playing football,” Marcelo continued on Monday.

If you don’t give me a ticket, there will be trouble: Marcelo

He then talked about his dreams and aspirations when he first started playing for Madrid and then joked about fighting the club if he doesn’t get a ticket for a Real Madrid game in the future. Marcelo said, “When I left Brazil, I wanted to play the Champions League. And today I leave here being the player with the most titles in the history of the biggest club in the world. It’s not goodbye, I don’t feel like I’m leaving Madrid. If you don’t give me a ticket, there will be trouble.

I argued with Carlo Ancelotti and (Zinedine) Zidane last season because I wanted to play more,” He added. “But as this year progressed, I learnt that you can be useful in other ways outside the pitch. As a leader in the locker room, I learned to appreciate what my teammates were doing.”

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