Marcelo Vieira da Silva Júnior, or simply Marcelo, was one of the ‘Crown Jewels’ of always-prolific Brazilian football and one of Real Madrid’s swanky winter signings of 2006/07. He arrived in Europe at the age of 18 having already hit the big time with Fluminense and he quickly adapted to Madrid thanks to the other Brazilians on the squad, but especially Roberto Carlos, who took Marcelo under his wing and taught his successor the tricks of the trade.
A pacey and offensive player, the young left-back has worked arduously since landing in Madrid hoping to capitalize on the opportunities given to him by the manager. With nerves of steel and ice running through his veins, Marcelo didn't take long to earn a spot in the starting eleven.
Marcelo’s consistent playing time also rubbed off on Brazilian national team coach Dunga, who gave the youngster his debut against Wales. No one could have written a better script as Marcelo hammered home an impressive crossed shot from outside the box in an all-out display of strength, speed, and ball-handling.
- Place of Birth: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- Date of Birth: 05/12/1988
- Position: Defender
- Weight: 73 kg
- Height: 171.9 cm
- Nationality: Brazilian
- La Liga (Spanish League): 2006/07, 2007/08, 2011/12
- Copa del Rey (Spanish Cup): 2010/11
- Spanish Super Cup: 2008, 2012
- Olympic Bronze Medal: 2008