Marcelo, a legend at Olympiakos: The “bang” that rang out around the world

The transfer “bomb” triggered by Olympic on Friday night, shortly before announcing his European list for the Europa League matches, he caused a global sensation.

THE Marcelo Vieira da Silva Jr decided to wear the “red and white”, with the Brazilian international former defender Real Madrid to sign a 1+1 year contract with the Greek champions and the owner of PAE, Vangelis Marinakis, to complete a transfer similar in size to that of 2004, when Sokratis Kokkalis had brought Rivaldo to Olympiakos.

“PAE Olympiacos announces the acquisition of a football legend, Marcelo, who will wear the red and white shirt,” read the announcement, which caused great excitement among the fans of the large port team.

The… bang rang throughout the football world, with the media abroad dealing with the acquisition of the Real legend from Olympiakos.

Marca managed to “dress” the Brazilian full-back in the “red and white” by writing: “It’s official, Marcelo has signed for Olympiakos”.

AS, for its part, reported in its main topic: “Marcelo has signed for Olympiacos”, noting that the former Real captain will play under Corberan’s instructions and will have the opportunity to compete in Europe as well.

The Catalan Sport also dealt with the transfer, which tweeted the photo of the red and whites for Marcelo’s announcement.

Mundo Deportivo wrote: “Marcelo found a team 82 days after the goodbye” and Equipe focused on the Europa parameter and that Marcelo will play against Nantes in the Olympiacos premiere.


It became the first issue in the media of his home country, such as Globoesporte, while Twitter also caught fire when the transfer became known, which had been revealed a little earlier by the Spanish show “El Chiringuito”.

The 34-year-old Brazilian international (with a Spanish passport since July 26, 2011) who will cover the left end of Olympiakos’ defense and was declared at the last minute on Piraeus’ European list for the Europa League matches, will wear No. 12, a number he also wore in Real, he also has a tattoo and it is about his date of birth (May 12, 1988).

Marcelo may not have been a key choice for Carlos Ancelotti last year, with the 63-year-old Italian coach of the “merenches” showing more preference for 27-year-old Ferlan Mendy, (starting in 20 La Liga matches and 10 in the Champions League, as opposed to the 34-year-old Brazilian who started in the starting line-up in 12 matches in the Spanish league – missing 16 matches due to injury and one due to suspension – and played in just three matches in the top club competition), but his numbers are… dizzying.

He played for the “queen” for 15 years, recording 38 goals and 103 assists in 546 appearances – while winning 25 titles. Five Champions Leagues, six leagues, four Club World Cups, three European Super Cups, two Copa del Rey and five Spanish Super Cups.

With the Brazilian national team, which he has represented 58 times with a score of six goals, he has competed in two World Cups (2014, 2018) and won the Confederations Cup (2013). Before signing for Real Madrid he played for Fluminense.

Marcelo bid farewell to Real Madrid after the Champions League final in Paris. “Emotions are strong. It was my last game with Real, but I’m very happy. It’s not a sad day for me. I leave with great joy and gratitude to the world and the team for what we have experienced. I was lucky to lift the Champions League as a captain before I left and this closes a circle in the best way”, the 34-year-old full-back said at the time shortly after Real’s 1-0 win over Liverpool.

Real had bid farewell to their captain with a “thank you” video, as did the “Queen’s” fans with a seven-minute tribute on MadridistaTV.

THANK YOU, MARCELO | Real Madrid Legend

Marcelo - Goodbye to a LEGEND

Marcelo Vieira da Silva Jr. was born on May 12, 1988 in Rio de Janeiro. His father was a firefighter and his mother is a retired teacher. He grew up in the Catete neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

He started playing football at the age of 9 and by 13, he was in Fluminense’s academies, which he almost dropped out of because he couldn’t afford the bus fare to go to training.

That’s where San Pedro’s grandfather took action, helping little Marcelo to continue his dream.

His beloved grandfather passed away in July 2014 when Marcelo was competing in the world cup with Brazil. When he learned of his grandfather’s loss he asked him to withdraw from the tournament to attend his funeral, but stayed to play with the Seleção and honor his grandfather’s wish, whose name is indelible » in the hand of the Brazilian defender.

Marcelo dedicates every goal to him and his wife.

In 2008, Marcelo married Clarisse Alves (whom they have known since childhood) and on September 24, 2009, they had their first child, Enzo Gattuso Alves Vieira. Their second son Liam was born on September 1, 2015.

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