With great emotions and the pot in his hands, Marcelo said goodbye to the royals after 15 years at Real Madrid. It is not yet known where the Brazilian will continue his career. The Spanish AS now links the left-back to AC Milan.
In his prime time, Marcelo was considered the strongest left-back in the world. The Real legend made 544 appearances for the Madrilenians, scoring 37 goals and providing 103 assists. He also won the Champions League five times and the championship six times. The fine technician was considered one of the strongest offensive defenders ever and has shown that you can shape the game of your team from the full-back position.
However, the now 34-year-old has become more and more secondary at Real in the last one to two years, which indicated the separation after the great time.
In recent weeks, Marcelo has been increasingly linked with a move to Turkey, but maybe we’ll see him in a top European league for a while longer.
Given the recent rumors of the AS Believe, AC Milan is hot for Marcelo. The Rossoneri are said to have offered the left-footed player €3m a year, which is half what he earned at Los Blancos. Accordingly, Marcelo did not accept the offer from northern Italy either.
It is uncertain whether the Milanese will improve their offer again. It is also uncertain what role Marcelo could play. The left flank, with Theo Hernández and Rafael Leão, is the absolute showpiece of the Rossoneri and is even one of the best in Europe.
Although Marcelo could be hired as a universal left wing backup, neither Hernández nor Leão have recently been conspicuous by injuries.
Another option would be to pull Marcelo into the centre. As a 34-year-old, you can usually deliver better in central midfield than on the flanks, because it’s less about speed and more about experience and understanding of the game. The Brazilian is incredibly talented in football, has immense experience, can get out of tricky situations and is still an aggressive tackler. However, the 1.74 meter tall player is a little lacking in physique, which is why he would not necessarily be suitable as a successor to Kessié.
Tonali and Bennacer should definitely be ahead of him. However, a system changeover to a 4-3-3 would also be possible, where Marcelo could then take over the left eight. Should loan player Brahim Diaz leave the Rossoneri, there would no longer be a classic ten in the squad. However, a signing of Charles De Ketelaere may be imminent. The extent to which Marcelo could then be needed in midfield would also depend on whether Renato Sanches’ planned commitment would work out.
Of course, all of this is a lot of the subjunctive, but there are definitely ways to get Marcelo more playing time than he last had in Madrid. In the Rossoneri’s squad planning, however, the veteran should not have the highest priority.
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