Former Real Madrid and Brazil defender, Roberto Carlos, has praised Marcelo and described him as a “leader” for both club and country.
Carlos played for Los Blancos between 1996 and 2007, winning three Champions Leagues and four La Liga titles with his attacking style of play and superb delivery from set pieces providing a new blueprint for left-backs at both the Bernabeu and for the Selecao.
Marcelo was signed as his replacement during his final season at the club and after some occasionally raw performances in his early days, is now a massive favourite amongst fans who bet on football due to his abrasive play and willingness to always give his all for the team.
His attributes have seen him made a vice-captain of the squad in recent years alongside fellow defender, Sergio Ramos and Pepe.
While after previously falling in and out of favour, he now seems to have finally established himself as a key part of the Brazil side ahead of next summer’s World Cup on home turf, a competition for which the Selecao are natural favourites in the football betting.
Carlos played for current coach,Luiz Felipe Scolari, when he guided the Canarinho to glory in Japan and Korea in 2002 and knows exactly what it takes to scale football’s biggest peak.
The Bullet Man admits he has been pleased by how well his protégé has developed into one of the world’s best and has praised his leadership abilities going into what looks set to be a massive year for both club and country.
“Marcelo is a leader in both Real Madrid and the selection and is demonstrating a high level in both places,” he said in an interview published by FIFA. “He is a player that has evolved very quickly.”