Madrid, Dec 18 (IANS) Real Madrid’s Brazilian left-back Marcelo professed that “for me, football is everything” in statements delivered during his presentation as a Friend of the Madrid Committee for Unicef, and stressed that he is “proud and honoured to be able to help children. “For me, football is everything. Practically everything I have today is down to football,” Efe quoted the Brazilian as saying on Thursday.

“It makes me immensely happy to wake up every morning and know that I’m a footballer,” the 27-year-old declared. Marcelo confirmed his official commitment to defend children’s rights as a Friend of the Madrid Committee for Unicef. “As a father myself, I want to see all children enjoy a good childhood and have everything they need,” he explained.

 

“Football is a world with the power and potential to help a huge amount,” the player told children attending his presentation. The Brazilian defender proclaimed: “I’d dedicate my best goal to those children most in need. “I had a tough childhood; it wasn’t easy. When you’re a kid, you don’t know how far you can go, and what I did was keep working bit by bit.. for me it’s worrying that there are still kids who can’t smile or experience joy. “I’ll do everything I can to help see healthy and happy children,” Marcelo affirmed.