The exit of Sergio Ramos – who has subsequently joined Paris Saint-Germain – created a vacancy for the Real Madrid captaincy and the experienced Brazilian was a natural choice
Real Madrid have instilled long-serving defender Marcelo as the club’s new captain following the exit of Sergio Ramos.
The Brazilian defender arrived at Los Blancos in January 2007 and has clocked up 528 first-team appearances since, winning a multitude of trophies including five La Liga titles and four Champions League crowns.
The 33-year-old is now into his 16 th season in the Spanish capital and will inherit the armband after becoming a leader on and off the pitch in recent years.
It follows the exit of Ramos – who this week signed a contract at Paris Saint-Germain – following the ending of a 16-year relationship with the club.
The talismanic Spaniard – who scored over 100 times across his career with Madrid – refused to sign the contract on offer at the club, believing he was entitled to two years (rather than one) and a greater salary offer.
Madrid’s financial issues meant they did not negotiate on these issues and by the time Ramos had backed down, the offer had gone and the club had signed David Alaba.
Marcelo – who is often second-choice behind Ferland Mendy for the left-back slot – told the club’s official website upon his appointment being confirmed: “It’s an honour and an enormous responsibility to be captain of the greatest club in the world. I’m extremely lucky.
“When you are a Real Madrid player you wake up every day full of desire and that grows after every season. I’ve been here for a long time, but the desire is still there and it just keeps on growing. I’m really looking forward to the start of the new season.
“I learn a lot every season, there’s always something new. I’m even more excited about this campaign because I’m Real Madrid captain. It’s a dream come true for me and I believe I’ve done everything I can to be here for such a long time.
“I’ve always tried to bring a little bit of my enthusiasm and taken responsibility to help the youngsters as well as those who’ve been here for a long time. Support is always welcome.
“I’m always looking to learn new things and I also need help from my team-mates. I believe that as captain I’m the spokesperson for the team and I’ll always look to help as much as I can, just like I’ve always done.”
Will Real Madrid be contenders in the Champions League next season without Sergio Ramos? Comment below
Marcelo added that the squad were raring to go for a new season – with none of their players involved at the very latter stages of this summer’s European Championships.
Having ended last season trophyless and with boss Carlo Ancelotti returning to the club, the team are hungry for the new campaign.
Marcelo added: “We’re aware that it’s very tough to go through a season without winning a title, but we fought till the end of the season.
“I’m sure we’re going to win something. We’re very happy, we’ve still got players to come back from international duty or on holiday, but we’re very motivated for the season to start.”