Roberto Carlos and Marcelo are amongst the all-time greats at Real Madrid. The Brazilians are rightly considered to be the best left-backs to have graced the game at the Santiago Bernabeu.
As revealed in a documentary via Amazon Prime (h/t Madrid Xtra), Roberto Carlos spoke about playing with Marcelo and the role he had on the latter’s development.
“I can’t say I was Marcelo’s mentor, he did it all himself. I tried to help him. I continue try to help him became the best left-back not only in Real Madrid’s history but in the world [history],” said Carlos.
Carlos played 11 seasons for the Galacticos from 1995 to 2007, winning three UEFA Champions League titles and four La Liga trophies. His legacy was thought to be irreplaceable until Marcelo continued the magic on the left flank with his unreal attacking contributions.
The left-back has won four Champions League titles and as many Club World Cups in his time at Madrid. Add to that five La Liga trophies and five Spanish Super cups amongst others and Marcelo has a strong case to be called the greatest left-back in the club’s history.
This season, the Brazilian has been far from his best, however. Age is catching up with the Real Madrid legend, and his physical and sporting decline has been very steep.
His game against Villarreal is proof that his time as an elite footballer is coming to an end. However, one hopes that he gets the grand and fitting farewell that he deserves.
Real Madrid forward set for talks with Arsenal this week – report
With less than six months left on his contract, Marco Asensio looks to be on his way out of Real Madrid very soon. The Spaniard has not yet started talks to extend his contract with the Spanish giants, which has garnered the eyes from several top clubs across Europe.
One of the clubs interested in his signature happens to be Premier League leaders Arsenal. Mikel Arteta is said to be a fan of the player, and will try to be bring him to North London on a free transfer this summer.
According to Mirror, Asensio’s agents will fly to London this week to get an a better understanding Arsenal’s interest in the player. Talks are scheduled with Arsenal, among possibly other clubs.
Asensio’s priority remains to extend with Arsenal, but not at ‘any cost’. The winger is looking for raise with his new contract to go along with a four-year deal. The report states that he currently earns around €130,000 per week at Madrid.
The 27-year-old has been waiting for an official offer from Los Blancos for a while, but the club will wait for March or April before taking a decision on his extension.
Asensio took a while to grow important for Carlo Ancelotti this season, but has been featuring regularly on the right-wing lately. He even scored in 2-0 win against Valencia in midweek, taking his tally to two for the season, excluding three assists as well.
Arsenal are definitely looking to add more firepower to their squad for next season, having already brought in Leandro Trossard in the winter. Asensio could serve as the perfect backup to Bukayo Saka, who has been in incredible form all season.