Madrid: Brazilian full back Marcelo cried on Monday when he said goodbye to Real Madrid but said he had never considered retiring and was still motivated to continue playing for many more years.
“I don’t think much about the future, I just want to live in the moment. But it’s really hard to leave the club you’ve played all your life, “Marcelo told a news conference.
“I am not afraid of the future. I did what I wanted to do here and I look forward to seeing what happens next. Not out of fear of uncertainty, but out of excitement. “
Marcelo said he was still uncertain about his future but had decided to retire or return to his native Brazil, indicating that he wanted to continue playing in Europe and at a club that would play in next season’s Champions League.
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The 34-year-old has made 546 appearances for the club since joining in 2007 and has gone on to become the most decorated player in Real’s 120-year history.
His departure came after he won his fifth Champions League title as captain of the team after beating Liverpool 1-0 in the final in Paris last month, his 25th trophy with the club.
“I left with my head held high. My family is very proud of me, “said Marcelo, weeping at the club’s event in the presence of his family, close friends, teammates and coach Carlo Ancelotti.
“I consider myself very lucky to have achieved everything in my life through work, but I am lucky for the people around me. Thank you all very much.
“It’s not goodbye; Real Madrid doesn’t seem to be leaving. The future of the club is secure with promising young talent, and that includes me and my son, who is playing well at the academy. I came as a child, and left as a human being. “
Despite being a key starter for most of his career, Marcelo has found limited playing time in recent seasons and has made just 12 appearances in the league in the 2021-22 campaign. It was a role he acknowledged was frustrating, but he took it in stride.
“I argued with Ancelotti and (Zinedine) Zidane last season because I wanted to play more, but as this year progresses I have learned that you can be effective in other ways off the pitch. As a leader in the locker room, I have learned to appreciate what my teammates are doing, ”he said.
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