The longtime Brazilian defender took the bracelet at Santiago Bernabeu after the departure of a legend
Marcelo took over as captain at Real Madrid following the departure of Sergio Ramos.
The Blancos saw a defender who won the World Cup leave them as a free agent with a talismanic center half en route to Paris Saint-Germain after 16 years in the Spanish capital.
Another longtime stalwart at the Santiago Bernabeu will now inherit the bracelet, with a 33-year-old Brazilian becoming a field leader in his 16th season with La Liga giants.
What was said?
Marcelo told Madrid Official Website to become skipper: ‘It is an honor and a great responsibility to be captain of the biggest club in the world. I’m very happy.
‘If you’re a Real Madrid player, you wake up every day full of desire and it grows after every season. I’ve been here a long time, but the desire is still there and it just keeps 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 a Real Madrid captain. It’s a dream come true for me and I believe I did everything I could to to be here for such a long time. ‘
Is Marcelo the right man for the job?
The South American left wing has provided Ramos as captain in the past, so there is no beginner in that role.
His extensive experience has made him an obvious candidate to take on such a responsibility on a permanent basis, while Marcelo wants to set the example.
He added: ‘I have always tried to bring a little bit of my enthusiasm and have taken responsibility to help the young people as well as those who have been here for a long time. Support is always welcome.
“I’m always looking for new things and I also need help from my teammates. I believe that as captain I am the spokesperson for the team, and I will always try to help as much as possible, just like I still have. always done. ‘
The bigger picture
Marcelo has played 528 for Real since his arrival in January 2007.
He helped them to five La Liga titles and four Champions League crowns, but ended last season empty handed.
Zinedine Zidane walked away on the back of the fight, with Carlo Ancelotti returns to Madrid for a second time as manager, and Marcelo is aware of the need to live up to expectations.
He added: ‘We are aware that it is very difficult to go through a season without winning a title, but we fought until the end of the season.
“I’m sure we’re going to win something. We’m very lucky, we still have players to come back from international service or on holiday, but we’re very motivated to start the season.”