“This season I felt a huge weight and responsibility. At times I got really angry with Ancelotti and argued with him, but the next day we hugged. This season I realized that you do not need to play to be important, you need to be part of a team and understand the coach. I’ve learnt a lot from everyone ”.
His grandfather Pedro
“My grandfather’s played a massive part in everything I’ve achieved to date. He always gave me the freedom to choose what I wanted and that helped me grow up and mature at an earlier age. I arrived at Madrid when I was 18, my wife was 17, and I used to think I was mature, but today I look at the kids of that age and I see that I was not. I have done what I had to do and I feel relaxed ”.
“The affection I’ve received from the fans is something that will forever remain in my heart. They’ve given me great joy. One day, they sung happy birthday to me and I’ve never seen that before at a football stadium. Many people have asked me to stay on and that’s very nice of them. I’m delighted that I’m a popular figure, not only as a player but also as a human being, which is the most important thing for me ”.
A future in football management
“I do not think that I got what it takes to become a coach. I can’t see me doing that. There are other things that I’m better at. To be honest, I’ve never understood tactics and have just enjoyed playing football. I do not have the same desire to become a coach as I did to become a player. ”
First day at Madrid
“It was all very strange, I had only ever watched Madrid on the television. I was really wowed by the Santiago Bernabéu. I was not aware of what was going on the first day, but today has been the best day of my life because I head away from here and leave a legacy behind. ”
Academy and future
“I’m a big fan of the academy. I’m aware of how they look after the young players here, how they train and I know virtually everything about how the academy set-up works. I also know how the first team works and that when the young players are promoted to the first team it’s a massive sete-up. The future is promising for us ”.
His son Enzo
“When I watch him play, I turn into a different person. It’s crazy. I can’t put it into words. Watching him compete for this club is the greatest thing I’ve experienced as a father.”
Who do you want to exceed your trophy haul?
“For somebody to beat me would be an honor and give me pride and joy. I leave here feeling happy and with many trophies and whoever beats my trophy haul will also leave here in great shape. I will be really happy regardless of whoever it is ”.
Comparison with Roberto Carlos
“Roberto was my idol. When you join such a great club, there are always great players in every position. It was difficult for me because you, the press, were saying that Roberto’s substitute was now here, but I never wanted to be his substitute. I always wanted to write my own story as Marcelo. I believe that there has never been a wing-back like him in the history of the game. My name is Marcelo and I’m still writing my own story ”.
Decision not to stay
“We had a meeting in which we all had our say and we came to a joint decision that the best thing was for me to leave now. It’s an emotional decision because it’s not easy to leave the club you’ve been at your whole life, but things gradually got easier and there was a realization that it was actually happening “.
Butragueño: “It’s been an honor to witness your talent and sacrifice”
Emilio Butragueño, Real Madrid‘s Director of Institutional Relations, accompanied Marcelo at the press conference: “My dear friend Marcelo, thank you so much for everything you’ve given to all of us madridistas. It’s been an honor to witness your talent and sacrifice to enrich this shirt, the shirt of the club of your life. You’re one of the great legends of Real Madrid, the player who has won the most trophies in the club’s history. We’d like to wish you all the best and you know that this is and will always be your home ”.