Marcelo’s contract expires in the summer. It looks as if Real Madrid will not extend the contract. This would mean that a defining figure would leave the royals.

15 years of Real Madrid. In the summer, an era that began in 2007 will come to an end.

The contract of 33-year-old Marcelo at Real Madrid expires after the season and it is considered unlikely that his contract will be extended.

The Brazilian has already relegated to the second string over the past three seasons, making only sporadic appearances. Last weekend, the left-back with the distinctive fuzzy head was in the starting eleven for the first time this season and his son Enzo was allowed to cheer him on.

After the 2-0 win against Getafe FC, Marcelo commented on a possible Real departure in the summer: “Everything has an end, but at the moment I’m not thinking about it. I would stay here all my life and finish my career here, but I’m not the one who decides that alone.”

Carlos goes, Marcelo comes

Sounds like he’d like to extend for at least a year. But if Marcelo doesn’t get a new working paper, it would be the quiet farewell of a player who once seamlessly followed in the big footsteps of his legendary predecessor.

Roberto Carlos left Real Madrid in 2007. He had previously shaped the left-back position of the royals for more than eleven years.

His left foot and his long-range and free-kick goals are still unforgotten today. Who should replace him? Six months before his departure to Fenerbahce Istanbul, Real signed a then 18-year-old from Brazil.

Madrid paid €6.5 million to Fluminense Rio de Janeiro for a certain Marcelo. Marcelo was able to learn something from Carlos for six months and already played eight games in the rest of the season.

It is no secret that Marcelo’s idol is his predecessor. He once said in an interview with Globesporte, “He was the very best.”

In the summer of 2007, when Marcelo turned 19, a seasoned left-back of international calibre, Gabriel Heinze, moved to the Royals from Manchester United.

Heinze must take his place behind Marcelo

The Real managers probably did not have in mind that the Brazilian youngster would become a regular left defender, assert himself against Heinze – and become one of the best defenders for years to come.

In his first full season, Marcelo already played more competitive games than the Argentine Heinze and became a permanent fixture. It was impossible to imagine life without him.

He was an undisputed regular until 2019, when Real signed French left-back Ferland Mendy from Olympique Lyon for 48 million euros. Marcelo’s big time was supposed to be over. Until then, he collected 20 titles in twelve years – including winning the Champions League four times.

Until this season, three more titles have been added and in the current season Marcelo can still win the Spanish championship and the Champions League with Real.

Some time ago, Marcelo said on the Spanish talk show El Hormiguero: “I plan to play until my son grows up and we can play together.”

Although his son Enzo is already playing in the youth team of the royals, he is only twelve years old. For this reason, the two will in all likelihood no longer be on the pitch together at the professional level.

But perhaps Marcelo will be cheering for his son at the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu in the future.