Roberto Carlos ‘did not let’ Madrid give up to Marcelo
Roberto Carlos turned 47 this Friday and on the occasion of his celebration ESPN spoke with him. The former white player, who is now an ambassador for the club and FIFA, works on behalf of the entity in events and trips and is a commentator on Real Madrid TV, spoke of several chapters of his career. One of them was starring Marcelo. Real Madrid signed him in 2006 from Fluminense when he was 18 years old. He paid 6 million euros thanks to the excellent eye of Pedja Mijatovic, then white sports director. In that team, trained by Capello, was Roberto Carlos. He served as a godfather protector of the young Brazilian for a season since in 2007 he went to Galatasaray but at that time he helped Marcelo a lot to the point of influencing his future within the club. Madrid wanted to yield to Marcelo, but when Roberto Carlos learned of this, he spoke with the club and gave his opinion: “I met Marcelo here when he was 18 years old. Madrid wanted to transfer it to some clubs here in Spain and I was the first to say no, Nananinanão ”. It was not an easy drink to digest for Marcelo that, as soon as he arrived in Spain, the club wanted to give him up. The player recalled it like this on Real Madrid Television: “When I was 18, a manager called his office at the Bernabéu and I went alone. He told me that they wanted to transfer me to another club to gain experience and that they wanted me to return the following year. I told him that I was not going to move from Madrid. It was the worst moment because I knew that the team didn’t need me, but it was the moment in which I have been stronger. “ Roberto Carlos went out to the court and put his grain of sand for Marcelo to continue.It was not the only gesture that Roberto had with a newcomer Marcelo. He treated him like a little brother, and he even spent Christmas with his family Because of calendar and scheduling problems, he could not go to Brazil and return to train with the team. “I know how important Christmas is to families. Being away from Brazil, he had to have a home and feel like his home. I lived with my aunt and I told her: ‘Aunt, Marcelo and his family are coming, find him a table so that they feel comfortable with us”, Roberto Carlos recalled on several occasions. The advice and conversations between the two helped greatly in the adaptation of Marcelo, who ended up inheriting the position of Roberto and becoming one of the best left-backs in Madrid’s history.