Marcelo breaks multiple Real Madrid records as club cruise to La Liga title

The veteran Brazilian defender played the full 90 minutes on Saturday, breaking multiple records as Real Madrid beat Espanyol 4-0 to clinch their last La Liga title


Veteran Real Madrid defender Marcelo has broken several club records as the club won her 35th LaLiga title on Saturday.

Carlo Ancelotti became the first manager ever to win each of Europe’s top five leagues: he added Spain to his Serie A titles, the First League, Ligue 1 and Bundesliga. It was secured with a comfortable four-goal home win over Espanyol, with Rodrygo Goes scoring a brace before Marco Asensio and Karim Benzema contributed to the win.

While the Italy coach was celebrating a historic day, he wasn’t the only one celebrating a special individual achievement. Saturday marked just the fifth La Liga start of the season for the club’s veteran left-back Marcelo, who will leave at the end of the season.

For most of this season, the Brazilian was second-choice in the pecking order for the position behind Ferland Mendy. Marcelo’s contract expires at the end of the current season and the defender is expected to end his glorious 16 years in the Spanish capital to return to Brazil.

His title-winner’s medal was his 24th trophy he won with Los Blancos – a club record. In doing so, he has overtaken club legend Paco Gento, with whom he won 23 trophies real Madrid. It was the sixth time that Marcelo won La Liga while winning four Champions League Crowns, two Copa del Reys, five Supercopa de Espanas, three UEFA Super Cups and four FIFA Club World Cups.

Marcelo not only broke Gento’s record, but also became the first non-Spanish player to captain Real Madrid to the league title. The Brazilian assumed that role in the squad earlier in the season after Sergio Ramos joined Paris Saint-Germain.

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Marcelo has won a club record 24 trophies with Real Madrid


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Saturday was only the Brazilian’s 17th appearance of the season, but his 545th overall for Real Madrid – which he joined in the January transfer window of the 2006/07 season. He was not taxed defensively by Espanyol, who offered little attacking threat on the wings throughout the game, allowing Marcelo to penetrate the pitch and offer some attacking threat himself.

Upon signing him, then-Madrid club president Ramon Calderon said: “He’s an important signing for us. He’s a young player who will bring some freshness to the team and is part of our plan to bring younger players into the squad. We’re very happy because he’s a pearl who wanted half of Europe.”

Marcelo then evolved into the long-term successor of another Brazilian club legend, Roberto Carlos, who was in the position for over a decade and helped Real Madrid to great success both domestically and in Europe. He is now expected to return to Brazil as a free agent this summer.

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