Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti spoke on Marcelo’s departure as the player concluded his last league game at Santiago Bernabeu against Real Betis tonight. Along with the Brazilian, Isco Alarcon and Gareth Bale also had their last game at the Real Madrid home stadium in white shirts.
While fans went nostalgic and emotional over the players’ last game and captain Marcelo saying goodbye, Ancelotti stated in an interview post-match, “Marcelo has not said goodbye yet. He is still our captain and will be until the final,” reported Italian journalist and football transfer expert Fabrizio Romano.
Marcelo was made the captain for Real Madrid after Sergio Ramos’ departure to Paris Saint-Germain. The Brazilian has the most trophies in the club’s history (24) and is the second most-capped player behind only Karim Benzema at 545 appearances. Although his starting XI appearances have gradually decreased since the 2018-19 season, the outstanding manner in which he has dealt with his loss of prominence has earned him a place in the annals of Real Madrid history.
Real Madrid played their last league game against Real Betis and said goodbye to this La Liga season following their record-extending title win after beating Espanyol 4-0 this month. The Whites are scheduled to play the UEFA Champions League final on May 29, at 12:30 am IST against Liverpool in the hope to win their 14th UCL title.