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Marcelo Vieira da Silva Júnior (born 12 May 1988), known as Marcelo (Brazilian Portuguese: [maʁˈsɛlu]), is a Brazilian professional footballer for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Brazil national team. He plays mainly at left back but can also operate as a left winger.

In 2005, he won a Campeonato Carioca with Fluminense and in 2006 he was named to the Brasileirão Team of the Season, at age 18. By the end of the year, he joined Real Madrid for a $8 million fee. There he won four UEFA Champions Leagues, being elected to the Squad of the Season three times, as well as four La Liga titles.

Marcelo debuted for Brazil in 2006 against Wales, scoring a goal. He was part of Brazil's squad in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, where he reached the semi-finals and was named to the tournament's Dream Team. He was named to the FIFPro World XI four times, the UEFA Team of the Year two times and La Liga's Team of the Season in 2016.

After his breakthrough season, Marcelo was praised by football legends such as Paolo Maldini and Diego Maradona, who also called him the best in his position. He is frequently compared to Roberto Carlos, who himself said Marcelo was his heir, the world's best left back and that "Marcelo possesses a better technical ability than me".

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