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Real Madrid’s most decorated player, Marcelo confirms his departure

09 Jun 2022 | 08:41 | Football


Real Madrid's Marcelo

Brazilian defender Marcelo of Real Madrid lifts their trophy over the statue of the Greek goddess Cybele on May 29, 2022 at Cibeles square in Madrid, a day after beating Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League final in Paris . (Photo by GABRIEL BOUYS / AFP)

After lifting his fifth Champions League trophy with Real Madrid, captain Marcelo said he would end his 16 years playing for the Spanish and European champions.

The Brazilian defender is the most-rated player in Real’s 120-year history, receiving his 25th trophy with the club as they beat Liverpool 1-0 in the Champions League final on Saturday .

However, he has found game time limited in recent seasons and made just 12 league appearances in the 2021-22 campaign.

“It was a great moment in my life, I have closed a cycle here, in the best club in the world,” Marcelo told supporters during Real’s title celebrations in Madrid. Madrid on Sunday.

“Today is not a day of sadness, but a day of joy because we have once again won the best championship in the world. I am very proud of myself and so is my family. We lived many magical nights together.

“I tell you one thing, the future of Madrid is very good for young players. Hala Madrid. ”

Marcelo added that his relationship with Real was not over yet, saying he would do “something different at the club” in the future.

The 34-year-old has made more than 500 appearances for the club and inherited the captaincy from Sergio Ramos after the Spaniard moved to Paris St Germain last year.

He made his Real debut in January 2007 after joining Fluminense.

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