Marcelo

Marcelo_(footballer,_born_1988)

Marcelo Vieira da Silva Júnior (born 12 May 1988), known as Marcelo (Brazilian Portuguese: [maʁˈsɛlu]), is a Brazilian professional footballer for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Brazil national team. He plays mainly at left back but can also operate as a left winger. Marcelo is considered by many the best left back in the world and one of the greatest left backs of all time.

In 2005, he won a Campeonato Carioca with Fluminense and in 2006 he was named to the Brasileirão Team of the Season, at age 18. By the end of the year, he joined Real Madrid for a $8 million fee. There he's established himself as a Real Madrid legend and won 19 trophies including four UEFA Champions Leagues, being elected to the Squad of the Season three times, as well as four La Liga titles. He has been named to the FIFPro World XI five times, the UEFA Team of the Year two times and La Liga's Team of the Season in 2016.

Marcelo debuted for Brazil in 2006 against Wales, scoring a goal. He was called up for the 2008 Olympic squad, where he won a bronze medal. Four years later he was part of Brazil's 2012 Olympic team, as one of the three over-age players, where Brazil won a silver medal. Marcelo was selected as a member of Brazil to play in the 2013 Confederations Cup and started all five matches, as Brazil won 3–0 against Spain in the final. He was part of Brazil's squad in the 2014 FIFA World Cup which was his first World Cup. Brazil reached the semi-finals and he was named to the tournament's Dream Team. In May 2018 he was named in the final squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup where he one again was named to the tournament's Dream Team.

After his breakthrough season, Marcelo was praised by football legends such as Paolo Maldini and Diego Maradona, who also called him the best in his position. He is frequently compared to Roberto Carlos, who himself said Marcelo was his heir, the world's best left back and that "Marcelo possesses a better technical ability than me".