With Liga title, Marcelo is most successful Madrid player

MADRID — Veteran Brazilian defender Marcelo gained his twenty fourth title with Actual Madrid on Saturday, changing into the membership’s most trophy-laden participant.

The left again began within the 4-0 house win over Espanyol, which clinched Madrid the Spanish league.

The 33-year-old Marcelo was tied on the membership trophy checklist with nice Francisco ‘Paco’ Gento, whose heyday was the Nineteen Fifties and 60s. He died this 12 months at age 88.

‘This title is the results of a variety of work, a variety of sacrifice,’ mentioned Marcelo, who bowed to spectators behind one of many targets as they chanted his identify. ‘That is the best factor for a participant, to have a good time at house, in entrance of those followers.’

Marcelo and Karim Benzema, two of the group’s captains, had been handed the league trophy within the tribunes of the Santiago Bernabéu, and the Brazilian carried it again to the sphere the place his teammates awaited.

‘We might solely win this league due to the work of the whole squad,’ Marcelo mentioned.

He gained his twenty third trophy with the membership in January, when Madrid took the Spanish Tremendous Cup just a few days earlier than Gento’s demise.



Marcelo misplaced his spot as a starter this season and hadn’t performed usually. He was within the beginning lineup on Saturday, although, as coach Carlo Ancelotti rested many of the common starters forward of the Champions League semifinal in opposition to Manchester Metropolis subsequent week.

Marcelo gave the move to countryman Rodrygo to open the scoring in opposition to Espanyol within the thirty third minute on the Bernabéu. Rodrygo added to the lead within the forty third, Marco Asensio scored within the fifty fifth and substitute Karim Benzema closed the scoring within the 81st.

It was the sixth Spanish league crown for Marcelo, who additionally has 4 Champions Leagues, 4 Membership World Cups, three UEFA Tremendous Cups, two Copa del Reys, and 5 Spanish Tremendous Cups.

Marcelo has additionally gained a Confederations Cup and two Olympic medals with Brazil.

He joined Madrid from Brazilian membership Fluminense in 2006 to take over from Brazil nice Roberto Carlos on the left flank.



Marcelo’s former Brazil teammate, Dani Alves, has essentially the most profession titles with 41, most of them with Barcelona.

Former Madrid defender Sergio Ramos gained 22 titles with the Spanish membership.

Benzema lifted his twenty first trophy with Madrid on Saturday.


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