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.
€85 million-rated Serie A winger ‘dreams’ of playing for Real Madrid, claims father
Napoli winger Khvicha Kvaratskhelia dreams of playing for Spanish giants Real Madrid, the winger’s father has revealed following the UEFA Champions League clash between the two teams last night.
Kvaratskhelia, 22, exploded upon arriving at Napoli last year, leading them to the Serie A title on the back of his explosive performances.
The Georgian winger has been impressing in the ongoing campaign as well, although he failed to score or assist in either of Napoli’s meetings with Real Madrid in the Champions League group stages.
Kvaratskhelia has previously spoken about how he has always been a lifelong supporter of Real Madrid and grew up idolising some of the club’s legends like Cristiano Ronaldo and Guti, among others.
Now, the 22-year-old winger’s father has revealed that his son has always dreamt of and continues to dream of playing for Real Madrid.
As quoted by Fabrizio Romano, Kvaratskhelia’s father said: “Khvicha always dreamed and still dreams of playing for Real Madrid. I am sure about it.”
Talking about the fact that the winger got to play against Real Madrid, Kvaratskhelia’s father added: “For Khvicha, playing vs Real Madrid was special. In my family, everyone is a Real Madrid supporter, except me.”
Real Madrid are in the market for attacking reinforcements, but they are looking for a centre-forward next summer and have Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland as their main targets.
As for Kvaratskhelia, whose market value stands at €85 million, it seems quite apparent that he harbours dreams of playing for Real Madrid. But it remains to be seen if there is some interest from Los Blancos in signing the winger.