Marcelo Vieira da Silva Júnior, usually shortened to Marcelo, was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on 12 May 1988. A left back, who is also capable of playing as a winger, he is known for his overlapping runs, dribbling ability and creative talents. Over the years, his style of play has been frequently compared to that of Roberto Carlos and he has been hailed by various observers, including Carlos himself, as one of the best left backs in world football.

After joining Fluminense's youth academy in 2002, he broke into the club's senior squad in 2005 and went on to appear for the first team on 30 occasions. During the 2007 January transfer window, he completed a move to Spanish giants Real Madrid and their head coach at the time, Fabio Capello, awarded him his first start in April of that yea...

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