Real Madrid legend Marcelo could return to his home country Brazil when his deal with Los Blancos expires in the summer of 2022, according to a report published from Brazilian newspaper Lance. His first club Fluminense are interested in his signing and Marcelo would be keen on such a move as well, putting his career in European football to an end.
It’s clear that Marcelo is no longer the player he was years ago, that being the main reason why he’s now behind Mendy and Miguel Gutierrez in the rotation. The club legend will almost certainly ride the bench for most of the season barring a few games in the Copa del Rey, but Madrid did not try to force him out of the club after his illustrious career in the Spanish capital.
Right now, Marcelo is the first team captain and one of the leaders in the dressing room, so his veteran presence is still valuable even if he isn’t making an impact on the field of play. Retiring as a football player in his first club makes sense for a player of his caliber.