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Real Madrid’s Marcelo Expresses His Excitement For La Liga 2020 To Resume After The COVID-19 Crisis

One of Real Madrid’s most successful left-backs, Marcelo Vieira has opened up on the La Liga return after the onslaught of the coronavirus pandemic for a couple of months. As per the plans, La Liga will resume from June 17, and the season will end by July 18-19.

The Spanish top flight has been suspended since March because of the coronavirus but will be back next month. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez confirmed in an address to the nation that many daily activities will be allowed to start up again, confirming the date football will be allowed to be played again

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Now, Marcelo has opened up on the return of the league and has expressed his excitement over the league’s return to action in June.

Marcelo Opens Up The Return Of La Liga 2020

“We had never gone so long without being able to train out on the pitch and our desire to play football has been growing ever since we stopped. Now we’re close to getting going again and we can’t wait,” official website of Real Madrid quoted Marcelo as saying.

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“It’s been different to what we’re used to. We have to take the positives from it and now we’re used to the routine; it’s not like it used to be but everything’s good. We’re all healthy, the training sessions have been fantastic in recovering our rhythm. Having not touched a ball for so long, when you go back out on the pitch you’ve lost your touch a bit, but now we just can’t wait to start playing games,” Marcelo added.

Bundesliga Set The Benchmark For The Return

It is notable that Bundesliga became the first league across Europe’s top five leagues to resume their campaign after the onslaught of the coronavirus pandemic for two months. Bundesliga resumed with using draconian hygiene guidelines, regular testing of players and insisting on games in near-empty stadiums. Hugging, embracing and handshakes were also banned.

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The Premier League is also set to return from June 17. The top-flight clubs on Thursday agreed to restart the 2019/20 season on June 17, provided that all safety requirements are in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

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On This Day In 2014: Real Madrid Scripted History To Win Their 10th Champions League Title- La Decima

Real Madrid, a club which has had an illustrious history, scripted another chapter in their fairytale when they lifted their 10th UEFA Champions League title on May 24, 2014. The final took place in Lisbon, the home of Cristiano Ronaldo. And Real Madrid made sure that they leave Cristiano’s home with the most prestigious trophy in club football.

The 2014 UEFA Champions League final was a major milestone in world football. The game gave away certain tags and announced Real Madrid’s era of domination in European football. Mr. 92:48, the current captain of the Los Blancos, Sergio Ramos earned himself a tag of being the late finisher for the Men in Whites through this game.

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Today, we take a look at one of the most interesting finals in the history of the UEFA Champions League, the 2014 game between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid.

Real Madrid Received An Early Shocker Of A Goal

The final in Lisbon was set to be an all-Spanish final. To add the cherry on the cake, it was the Madrid derby that was set to entertain the Portugal crowd and leave their hearts on the pitch in Lisbon. The two Spanish rivals, Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid, under the leadership of Diego Simeone and Carlo Ancelotti, walked into the Estádio da Luz stadium amid the 65000 spectators ready to witness 22 men spill their blood and flesh onto the pitch.

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The only aspect that separated the two sides, was the illustrious history mentioned earlier. Real Madrid had already won nine Champions League titles coming into the final. Atletico Madrid, on the other hand, were chasing their first-ever title. Although Real had a history with them, Atletico was fuelled with passion.

The same passion was visible enough as the referee blew the first whistle on an auspicious night. Atletico fought and fought well with the Los Blancos and exerted tremendous pressure on set pieces and counter-attacks. The pressure finally paid off in the 36th minute as Diego Godin lobbed the ball over Iker Casillas, the most veteran hero of the Los Blancos squad.

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This just goes on to show the amount of pressure involved in such high-profile games. However, the lads on the pitch were men, not boys. And for men, defeat isn’t a possibility until they shed their last ounce of blood in a battle. Same was with Real Madrid. After all, coming into the final, they had avenged a famous defeat against Bayern Munich and depicted that they were ready to become the champions of Europe.

Real Madrid Kept Attacking And Fortune Favoured Them Just When Everyone Thought It Wasn’t Meant To

Going into the second half, Real Madrid knew that from hereon, they have nothing to lose. This is when experience comes into play. Manager Carlo Ancelotti made a couple of attacking substitutions on the half-time mark as Fabio Contreao was replaced with Marcelo on the left-back position and Sami Khedira made way for Isco, the attacking midfielder. Real kept pushing men forward in search of an equalizer but Atletico’s defence was way too resilient.

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It was in the 3rd minute of the stoppage time, that witnessed Sergio Ramos pen down his name in the history books of the Spanish giants. The Los Blancos earned a corner and Luka Modric delivered an inch-perfect ball only to see Sergio Ramos, the leader, rise above everybody to slaught the ball past Thibaut Courtois and bring his team back into the game.

There are certain moments in a match that completely change the tide of the game. In the 2014 final, it was at 92:48 that Atletico Madrid knew that they have slipped the game from their hands and it was visible not only among players but also on Diego Simeone, a manager who seldom seems out of place in any game.

Cristiano Ronaldo Sealed Off The Victory In His Country For His Team

As Ramos rose to the occasion, the entire stadium went into a frenzy. Real Madrid smelled victory at the very point and knew that their 12-year long wait for the UEFA Champions League title was soon going to come to a close. The match headed into extra-time as per the rules and it saw the Los Blancos join the party.

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Angel Di Maria tore apart the Atletico defence in the 110th minute of the game and shot at goal only for the ball to be deflected by Courtois and Gareth Bale to rise up and score a header. Marcelo Vieira, the super sub ran riot through Atletico’s defence and scored a worldie in the 118th minute. To garnish the meal for Real Madrid, their talisman over the years, Cristiano Ronaldo, smashed a penalty in the final minute of the game only to hammer the last nail in the coffin for Atletico Madrid.

The rest, as they say, is history. The 2014 UEFA Champions League final saw Real Madrid announce their domination in world football. After this, the Los Blancos went on to win three consecutive UEFA Champions League titles from 2016 to 2018 and became the first team in the history of football to do so.

Although Real Madrid emerged as a deadlier team in the coming years, it was the 2014 final that set the tone for them to script history time and again when they stepped on the pitch.

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Marcelo will return when ready: Real Madrid coach

Madrid, Dec 11: Real Madrid coach Santiago Solari on Tuesday said that defender Marcelo was taking his time to come back.

The Argentine head coach explained that the Brazilian international wants to improve his health in order to avoid a recurrence of a right leg muscle injury which has plagued the player at different times in 2018, reports Efe news.

“I would like to be able to count on him soon.” Solari said regarding Marcelo’s comeback.

The 30-year-old player again injured his right leg during his side’s October 28 El Clasico 1-5 away defeat to Barcelona, Marcelo scoring Real Madrid’s only goal.

“The most important thing is that when he returns, he is right, and we do not lose him again. It is what the coaches, the doctors and the fans want. It is not of any help to us to play a game and then not be able to play the next,” explained Solari.

Marcelo initially suffered the injury on February 18 during Real Madrid’s 5-3 La Liga win over Real Betis, and again on March 3 in his side’s 3-1 victory over Getafe in the Spanish league.

During a press conference, Solari also praised 18-year-old forward Vinicius, stressing that Marcelo’s compatriot has exceeded the head coach’s expectations.

“He is very young and has the future ahead of him. He has already made his debut in all competitions and these last few months have passed very fast for him. We are all very happy with him,” Solari added.

Revealed: Marcelo Net Worth, Endorsements and Salary

Revealed: Marcelo Net Worth, Endorsements and Salary

Marcelo is a Brazilian professional footballer for the Spanish club, Real Madrid and the Brazil national team. Through this article, we take a look at Marcelo Net Worth, Marcelo Endorsements and Marcelo Salary.

Football career:

A childhood troubled by poverty, Marcelo started playing futsal at the age of nine. And by the time he turned 13, he was roped in by Fluminense in Rio de Janeiro. In 2006, aged 18, he was named in the Brasileirão Team of the Season which paved the way for a dream move to Europe.

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By the end of the year, Marcelo joined Real Madrid for an $8 million fee. With the Spanish giants, he has won four UEFA Champions Leagues, being elected to the Squad of the Season three times, as well as four La Liga titles.

After a couple of average seasons, Marcelo enjoyed a breakthrough season in 2010-11. Under the new coach, Jose Mourinho, he played as a left back. He started all league games, paying back the coach’s confidence in him with some strong displays both in defence as well as attack.

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Marcelo Net Worth, Marcelo Endorsements and Marcelo Salary.

On 25 November 2010, Marcelo was named as a part of the 55 player shortlist for the FIFA World XI. His goal and assist against Lyon helped Real Madrid advance to the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the first time since 2004.

Marcelo continued his excellent season by scoring in the second leg against FC Barcelona at the Camp Nou. The string of impressive performances earned him a starting spot in UEFA’s starting XI. By the time the season ended, he was called as the best left back in the world. In fact, Argentina legend, Diego Maradona said he was the third best player in La Liga, after Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

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In the following season, he helped Real Madrid win their 32nd league title. Marcelo was also involved with the Brazilian Olympic football team at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

In the 2013-14 season, the Brazilian scored Real Madrid’s third goal of their 4–1 win in the 2014 UEFA Champions League final against Atlético Madrid, with an extra-time strike from outside the box. He then played a significant role, as Real Madrid won the Champions League in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

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Marcelo Net Worth, Marcelo Endorsements and Marcelo Salary.

For Brazil, he scored on his debut against Wales in 2006. In 2008, he helped Brazil clinch the bronze medal at the summer Olympics. He, however, did not get a call for the 2010 FIFA World Cup squad.

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Marcelo was part of Brazil’s 2012 Olympic team, as one of the three over-age players, where Brazil won a silver medal. He started in all five games for Brazil during the 2013 Confederations Cup where the five-time world champions beat Spain to lift the title.

In the following year, he played his first World Cup, helping his side make it to the semifinal on home soil. Marcelo also featured for Brazil in the 2018 World Cup.

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Marcelo Net Worth, Marcelo Endorsements and Marcelo Salary.

Marcelo Endorsements:

Just like other players, Marcelo also earns a significant amount of his net worth from endorsements. Until 2012, Marcelo was signed by Nike for the majority of his equipment. Currently, he endorses the brand, Adidas. But the details of the deal are not known.

Marcelo Salary:

The Brazil star receives a weekly salary $150,000, which coupled with bonuses, takes his annual income to around $5.2 million.

Marcelo Net Worth:

Marcelo’s current estimated net worth is around $17 million. He also owns several properties in Spain and Brazil. The estimated value of his Madrid luxury house is approximately $1.9 million. He also owns many luxury cars including Audi, Lamborghini and Range rover all of whose estimated worth is $1.4 million.

The star defender has also made some investments which amount to around $8.1 million.

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Marcelo Net Worth, Marcelo Endorsements and Marcelo Salary.


Teams Brazil, Real Madrid
Endorsements Adidas
Salary $150,000 per week
Net Worth $17 million
Real Madrid dominate FIFA's 2018 World XI

Real Madrid dominate FIFA’s 2018 World XI

London, Sep 25: The 2018 FIFPRO World XI announced here includes four current Real Madrid players and erstwhile teammate Cristiano Ronaldo.

The team was presented at The Best FIFA Football Awards gala here on Monday, reports Efe.

Ronaldo — now with Juventus — is joined on the list by Real Madrid defenders Raphael Varane and Sergio Ramos and midfielders Marcelo and Luka Modric.

Only two other clubs had more than one player qualify for the World XI: Chelsea, with Eden Hazard and N’Golo Kante; and Paris Saint-Germain, with Dani Alves and Kylian Mbappe.

Blanco’s archrival FC Barcelona are represented by Lionel Messi, while the goalkeeper spot goes to Manchester United’s David de Gea.

Nobody was surprised to see so many Real Madrid players selected after the side won the Champions League for the third straight year, but some of the omissions were striking.

The World XI excludes Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah, a finalist along with Madrid and Ronaldo for a male player of the year, and Thibault Courtois, even though the Belgian international was named goalkeeper of the year.

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Marcelo commits his future to Real Madrid.

I Want to be at Real Madrid for Many Years – Marcelo

Although being linked highly with Juventus in the 2018 summer transfer window, Real Madrid left-back, Marcelo has denied all rumours and said he wants to play for Madrid till the very end.

Marcelo has committed his future to Real Madrid.

After the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo, rumours started to flow that Marcelo will join him too, as they have a close relationship with each other. However, Marcelo has dismissed all speculations in an interview on Wednesday. He told Real Madrid TV,

“It’s an element which is hardly worth discussing. I’m very happy at Real Madrid, it’s my home, and I’ve got many years left on my contract. I’m very happy here, it’s the best club in the world, and I always want to play for the very best. It’s good to talk about it because there are always rumours and it’s tough for me to have to continually show I want to be here and can play here. I always give it my best to be at the best club in the world. I just keep doing my job and show what I can do every year.”

Marcelo, Real Madrid
Marcelo commits his future to Real Madrid.

He also addressed his future and assured Madrid fans he plans to see out his career at the Santiago Bernabeu.

“I enjoy every moment of playing for Real Madrid and naturally. Lots of people hide behind social media to spread ridiculous rumours and cause problems where they don’t exist. I want to be at Madrid for many years. I’m as hungry as when I was 18 years old. I’ll be here until the end.”

The 30-year old left-back, who joined Madrid in 2007 has won three Champions League in a row now. And the Los Blancos have started off their La Liga campaign with three wins in a row.

According to the rumours, Juventus would have tried to sign Marcelo in the next transfer window again. But after the left back’s comments, the Italian club might have to change their mind.

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Marcelo aiming to end his career at Real Madrid

Madrid, Sep 6: Real Madrid’s veteran left back Marcelo insists that he wishes to end his career playing for the record European football champions, quashing the recent rumors of him moving to Juventus.

The 30-year-old is known to be close to Portuguese star forward Cristiano Ronaldo, who left Madrid to join Juventus in July and was consequently also linked with a move to the Italian powerhouse.

However, in an interview on Real Madrid TV, the Brazilian international said he wanted to end his career playing in Madrid, reports Xinhua news agency.

“I’m very happy at Real Madrid, it’s my home and I’ve got many years left on my contract. I’m very happy here,” said Marcelo, who added it was “good” to talk because “there are always rumors and it’s tough for me to have to continually show I want to be here and can play here”.

“I want to be at Madrid for many years. I’m very calm about it all and I want to continue at Real Madrid… I’m as hungry as when I was 18 years old. I’ll be here until the end,” he insisted.

Marcelo played a crucial role in Real Madrid winning four Champions League titles in last five seasons.

Despite doubts following Ronaldo’s departure and Zinedine Zidane’s decision to step down as a coach, Madrid has kicked off the season with three wins in three games and sit just behind FC Barcelona in the La Liga table.

“I feel great. I’m eager to keep improving in every match and every training session. We’re going down a very positive path. It’s the early stages, just the very beginning of the season, but we’re feeling fantastic,” said the defender, who praised the work of new coach, Julen Lopetegui.

“The coach has come in to help us. We’re looking good both with and without the ball,” he commented.

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Marcelo commits his future to Real Madrid.

I Was Surprised By The Substitution – Marcelo

Despite conceding an early goal, Real Madrid thrashed 4-1 Girona in the end. Julen Loptegui’s got a victory at Girona where Zinedine Zidane lost 2-1 last season. However, there were some decisions of Loptegui that stunned Real Madrid including Marcelo.

Marcelo was surprised of the decision of the new manager.

The former Spain coach benched Raphael Varane and Luka Modric yet again. And substituted Marcelo in the second half to bring on the France defender.

Marcelo told reporters after the match:
“I was surprised by the substitution but I respect the decision of the coach. I wanted to continue because I felt 100 per cent. We are on the right road and I am sure we are going to improve with each game. We played well today and we got the three points.”

The coach was also asked about the substitution and he said:
“We wanted to tighten things up down that side and focus on being good in the air, an area the opposition are very good in.”

Karim Benzema scored a brace while Gareth Bale and Segio Ramos was also on the score sheet. After the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo, a lot depends on Bale and Benzema. Adding to that, Benzema’s responsibility will increase even more if Real Madrid doesn’t buy any more striker. And it is quite unlikely to happen as after three days, the transfer window will be closed.


The Frenchman told after the match that his side is keen to win the La Liga this season.

“We’re satisfied with the win because they’re three very important points away from home. We’ll look to continue on in the same vein. We’re keen to perform well in LaLiga this season.

He also responded to his critics indirectly saying that football is not only about goals.

“I’ve been here for 10 years and always work hard for the team. I’m raring to score a lot of goals and help the team to pick up silverware. Football isn’t all about goals, it’s about winning games and playing well. I’ll be trying to score a lot of goals to help the team.”

FIFA World Cup 2018
Marcelo would be instrumental for Brazil's success at the FIFA World Cup 2018.

FIFA World Cup 2018: Top 4 Crucial Players in Group E

The Group E of the FIFA World Cup 2018 is another tricky group. Brazil and Serbia will hope to do their best to fly out. Drawn together with Brazil and Serbia are Costa Rica and Switzerland.

The stand-out fixture will be the game between Brazil and Switzerland. The five-time World Champions will be favourites on paper, but Switzerland boasts an experienced and consistent squad.

Expect this game to dictate the shape of the group.

Here we take a look at the top 4 crucial players in Group E who can make a big difference for their respective nation at FIFA World Cup 2018.