Real Madrid left-back Marcelo has admitted that he is honored to be succeeding legendary Sergio Ramos as a captain.
After a 16-year service at the Santiago Bernabeu, Sergio Ramos left the Spanish capital to team up with Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer this summer.
Widely regarded as one of the most influential players in Madrid and one of the club’s best defenders in history, Ramos left a massive void in terms of leadership and team impact.
The 35-year-old centre-back captained Real Madrid to four Champions League titles, including a record-breaking three in a row, and won 22 major accolades before waving goodbye to La Liga.
Los Blancos’ armband has been transferred from one long-term servant to another stalwart, with Marcelo inheriting the captaincy in the wake of Ramos’ departure.
The Brazilian defender has amassed 528 appearances for the Spanish juggernauts and is one of the most experienced players in Carlo Ancelotti’s team.
Marcelo joined Real Madrid back in 2007 from Fluminense and went on to become one of the club’s stalwarts en route to earning a reputation as one of the best left-backs ever.
Reflecting on the club’s decision to entrust him with the captain’s armband, the left-sided star refused to hide his satisfaction.
“It’s an honor and an enormous responsibility to be captain of the greatest club in the world,” he told the club’s official website.
“When you are a Real Madrid player you wake up every day full of desire and that grows after every season. I’ve been here for a long time, but the desire is still there and it just keeps on 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 Real Madrid captain. It’s a dream come true for me and I believe I’ve done everything I can to be here for such a long time.”