Real Madrid's stalwart left-back has redefined his position and set the gold standard for emerging fullbacks around the globe.
Throughout his career, the Brazilian has been a marauding presence down the left flank at the Bernabéu, often deploying himself as a playmaker during periods of sustained possession. That's how comfortable he is on the ball, which isn't a surprise given his nationality. He has offered such an attacking threat for over a decade that it's pretty easy to forget that he's a defender by trade.
It's been a glittering career with Los Blancos for Marcelo Vieira da Silva Júnior, with the birthday boy (33 today) collecting 22 trophies in 15 seasons in the Spanish capital.
When Roberto Carlos left the club in 2007 there were concerns about who would fill the legendary Brazilian's boots; fast-forward 13 years and it's another legendary Brazilian who did just that.
🥇 Marcelo's club honours
- 🏆🏆🏆🏆 Champions League
- 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 LaLiga
- 🏆🏆 Copa Del Rey
- 🏆🏆🏆🏆 Spanish Super Cup
- 🏆🏆🏆🏆 FIFA Club World Cup
- 🏆🏆🏆 UEFA Super Cup
- ⚪️ 527 Real Madrid appearances (2nd all-time for a foreigner)
Enjoy some of the brilliant Brazilian's finest moments courtesy of the UEFA Champions League Twitter.
Happy birthday Marcelo!