Emotional Marcelo leaves Raul and Carlo Ancelotti in tears during his farewell Real Madrid press conference as he pays tribute to ‘greatest club in the world’ after 15 years at the Bernabeu
- The Brazilian left back bid an emotional farewell after glittering spell at the club
- His 25 trophies won makes him the most successful Real Madrid player ever
- Last act as a player was to lift the Champions League trophy in Paris last month
- Manager Carlo Ancelotti and legend Raul are both spotted crying at the event
Marcelo bid an emotional farewell to Real Madrid on Monday afternoon at a press conference to end 15 years of service to the club.
It had been known for some time that the Brazilian would be departing Madrid this summer, but Monday afternoon’s press conference gave the great and the good the opportunity to come and formally say goodbye to Real Madrid’s most successful ever player.
Speaking after president Florentino Perez had paid tribute to him, Marcelo, through tear-filled eyes, declared Real Madrid the ‘greatest club in the world’.
Marcelo cut an emotional figure as he formally bid farewell to Real Madrid after 15 years
The Brazilian leaves Madrid as the most decorated player in its history – having won 25 titles
‘I played for the greatest club in the world,’ he said.
He added: ‘I want to thank my wife Clarice, I wouldn’t be the man I am without her. And my sons who watched their dad play for the greatest club in the world.’
When Marcelo arrived at Real Madrid, club legend Raul was in the autumn of his career but still appeared to leave a significant mark on the young Brazilian.
He paid tribute to the ex-forward, saying: ‘Thank you Raul for being a captain and an example for me. I have never said it but you have been my role model. Thank you.’
Raul was pictured in the crowd watching on as he cut an emotional figure while Marcelo spoke the kind and touching words about him.
Marcelo lifted his fifth Champions League trophy after victory over Liverpool in Paris in May
The left paid paid tribute to his wife Clarice and his two sons who had watched their ‘dad play for the greatest club in the world’
As the room began to grow more and more emotional, Marcelo, who last month lifted the club’s 14th Champions League crown, said that this was not ‘goodbye’ as he did not feel like he was leaving Real Madrid.
‘This is not a goodbye because I feel I’m not leaving Real Madrid,’ he said.
Such words did not seek to lessen the emotion felt around the room, as Carlo Ancelotti was another spotted tearing up.
Raul was left with tear-filled eyes after Marcelo’s touching tribute to him for the impact he left
Prior to Marcelo’s speech, Perez had hailed the player as one of the club’s great legends.
He said: ‘Today we say thank you to our great captain, one of our biggest legends. The player with the most titles in the history of Real Madrid. Marcelo.
‘Dear Marcelo, you are one of the greatest left-back of the history of Real Madrid and of football. Dear Marcelo, you have fulfilled all the dreams you had when you arrived at only 18 years old.’
He added: ‘Twenty-five titles, 564 games and 38 goals. You are one of the greatest. Real Madrid will always be your home.
‘Thank you for everything you’ve done. Dear Marcelo, our fans will always keep you inside their hearts. We are proud.’
Carlo Ancelotti, who managed Marcelo over two spells at the club, also cut an emotional figure