Player Highlight: Marcelo to mark 12 years

It twas the January transfer window in 2007, and Real Madrid were on the lookout for some new blood. They ventured far and wide until stumbling onto the coast of Rio de Janiero, a 15 minute drive west and they came across a player by the name of Marcelo, and you know how the saying goes; the rest is history. In fact, at the start of this La Liga season, Los Blancos will kick their campaign off against Deportivo La Coruna, which will be the Brazilian’s 12th season with the Spanish giants. 

Since leaving Fluminense FC, Marcelo has made almost 300 appearances for Real Madrid. That alone is a feat bettered by a sacred selection of players, Raul for instance, has made 550. Goalkeeper, Iker Casillas has played 510 times for the Spanish club, while Guti and Michel have both made more than 300 appearances among others. Marcelo will move into the top ten of this list if he remains injury free and a Real Madrid player for this season and the one after.

Marcelo has won more than 15 trophies with Real Madrid, something he probably would have dreamt about playing in streets of Brazil’s most famous city. The latest coming in the UEFA Super Cup, following a 2-1 victory over Manchester United. Similarly to the above statistic, that number has the potential to grow even greater over the next couple of years. Marcelo is only 29 after all, and arguably one of, if not the best fullback in world football.

Marcelo has scored 21 goals for Real Madrid and has taken his game from strength to strength, almost parallel with how football has changed over the decade. From a defensive minded player to a second winger, Marcelo has been an excellent edition to Los Blancos, and Brazil are certainly grateful considering he has been immense for them as well, scoring five times in almost 50 appearances.

Marcelo in 2016-17:

  • Appearances: 30
  • Goals: 3
  • Chances created: 43
  • Assists: 10
  • Pass accuracy: 81%
  • Tackle success: 37% 

You may have noticed we highlighted Marcelo’s rather mediocre tackle success. Firstly, because we wanted to point out that when you play in a team as dominate as Real Madrid there is less opportunity to make tackles given the usual flow is attacking in nature. That means a lot of the challenges Marcelo has to make are from counter attacks, which is probably the hardest type of challenge to win.

Lastly, the majority of Marcelo’s tackle attempts are higher up the pitch off the back of a Real Madrid onslaught. You know the ones, the half-arsed fling of the leg to try and pen the opposition in near the corner flag. However, at this level there should be no excuses and Marcelo certainly needs to improve in this area in 2017-18. But, we thought it would be important to let you swallow your spoonful of salt before thinking that one over.

Nonetheless, it will be interesting to see how Marcelo goes in his 12th season at Real Madrid, and how many records he can conquer over the next couple years.

Los Blancos start their title defence on August 20.

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