Cristiano Ronaldo has paid tribute to his “brother” Marcelo, who left the Bernabeu with an emotional farewell on Monday.
Ronaldo and Marcelo forged a strong bond during the 37-year-old’s trophy-laden stint at Los Blancos and have remained close ever since.
Marcelo has racked up over 540 appearances for Real and won a staggering 25 trophies – more than any other player in the club’s illustrious history.
But after playing a bit-part role under Carlo Ancelotti this year, the 34-year-old is set to move on in search of a new challenge this summer; bringing his remarkable 16-year spell in Madrid to an end.
Mais do que um companheiro de equipa, um irmão que o futebol me deu. Dentro e fora dos campos, um dos maiores craques com quem tive o prazer de partilhar um balneário. Vai com tudo nessa nova aventura, Marcelo! ������
Translated from Portuguese by More than a teammate, a brother that football gave me. On and off the fields, one of the biggest stars with whom I had the pleasure of sharing a locker room. Go with everything on this new adventure, Marcelo! ������