Real Madrid announce ‘institutional farewell and tribute ceremony’ for captain Marcelo after 15 years at the Bernabeu – as the Brazilian prepares to depart as the most decorated player in Los Blancos history
- Real Madrid have announced the details surrounding Marcelo’s ‘farewell’
- The full-back is departing Madrid after spending 15 years at the club
- He leaves as the most decorated player in the club’s history – winning 25 titles
- The ceremony will be held in Real Madrid City with a press conference to follow
Real Madrid have confirmed a ‘tribute ceremony’ for captain Marcelo will take place on Monday afternoon ahead of his departure from the club.
The Brazilian full-back has spent 15 years with the Spanish outfit and will leave the club as the most decorated player in it’s history – having won 25 major trophies, including five Champions Leagues and six La Liga titles.
With his contract expiring on June 30, Marcelo is set to become a free agent and is linked with a number of European clubs including Fenerbahce and Marseille.
Real Madrid have confirmed Marcelo’s farewell will take place in the city centre on Monday
In a statement on their website, the club confirmed: ‘Real Madrid C. F. would like to announce that tomorrow, Monday 13 June, at 1pm (CET), there will be an institutional farewell and tribute ceremony for our captain Marcelo at Real Madrid City, which will be presided over by club president Florentino Pérez.
‘After this event, Marcelo will address the media in the press room at Real Madrid City.’
The full-back is expected to receive the same treatment Iker Casillas and Sergio Ramos were awarded upon their Bernabeu departure – celebrating all of the trophies he has won over the last 16 seasons.
Marcelo, who has been at the club since 2007, was granted his fairytale ending after lifting his fifth Champions League crown on a magical night in Paris for Los Blancos last month.
Marcelo lifted his fifth Champions League trophy after victory over Liverpool in Paris in May
After the game against Liverpool in the Champions League final, Marcelo said: ‘It’s an incredible emotion because it’s my last game at Real Madrid.’
In total, the Brazilian has made 545 appearances for Real Madrid in all competitions, scoring 38 and assisting 103 from the left-back position.
Signed as a replacement for the legendary Roberto Carlos, Marcelo has gone on to carve his name into history as one of the best full-backs to play the game – proven by his impressive trophy haul.
The Brazilian leaves Madrid as the most decorated player in it’s history – having won 25 titles
The 34-year-old will receive a more affectionate send-off than his team-mate Gareth Bale – who’s exit was confirmed via a statement on the club’s website.
Despite helping Los Blancos win five Champions League titles and being described as a ‘club legend’ in the statement, Bale received no special farewell and instead waved goodbye to fans during their trophy parade.
The Wales international joined Los Blancos for a then-world-record £86million in 2013 before going on to win nine major trophies with the Spanish outfit.
Gareth Bale will also leave Real Madrid this summer following the end of his current deal