The six months of Marcelo and Isco, the legend and bitterness after a historical cycle

On January 7, 2007, he did exactly 15 years, a Brazilian teenager named Marcelo jumped the Riazor Lawn with the Real Madrid T-Shirt. He was 18 years old and p

The six months of Marcelo and Isco, the legend and bitterness after a historical cycle

On January 7, 2007, he did exactly 15 years, a Brazilian teenager named Marcelo jumped the Riazor Lawn with the Real Madrid T-Shirt. He was 18 years old and played his first white dress in white. The first of the 535 that he has played like Madridista. He replaced Michel Salgado and took the first steps of a career that has become absolute legend of Santiago Bernabéu. Those 535 meetings make him the second foreigner with more appearances in the history of the club, behind Benzema (585) and only seven from Guti, thickening in the general list. Curiosity, which always enlarges the legend, is that if the Brazilian dispute eight duels in the remainder of the season, he will end his race in Madrid ranked 12 in players played. The number of it.

On his trophy shelving, another figure that elevates the Madrid altars: 22 titles. Who knows if 23 in a few days. Who knows if 24, or 25, or 26 in a few months ... Marcelo is a trophy to match Gento and Sanchís, major words, and two to become the player with more titles in the history of Madrid. The supercopa, the Champions, the league and the cup are the options of it. Another thing is how the protagonist is him in all this.

At 33, I walk from 34, the Brazilian lateral is playing his last minutes as Madridista. Ten, one hundred, five hundred ... The chance, Mendy's injuries and the needs of Ancelotti will give him more or less time on the lawn, but it is a tunnel in which light looks closer and closer. Marcelo, first captain of the staff, ends contract in June of this year and in Chamartín it is assumed that there will be no renewal. If the contracts are signed by love, the defense, worshiped both in the offices and in the dressing room, would have a lifetime site on the Herb of Valdebebas, but the physical bass of the left-hand is every month more evident, both in sensations and statistics . This course has played 274 minutes distributed in just seven meetings, and the number of parties per year for four speaks on its own: 44 at 17-18, 34 in 18-19, 23 in 19-20, 19 in 20-21 ...

The flame of the second best (or the best) left lateral he has seen the Bernabéu went out at age 30, when the footballers' races reach their cenit. Chamartín has observed him with some despair during the last two or three seasons, but with the love and devotion of who has won everything in the time he has been. Holder in three of the four champions and revulsive endings in Lisbon, Madrid will give you all the facilities to Marcelo at the stage that will start this summer. If he decides to withdraw, the doors of the sports city will be open. If he decides to live a few years in Brazil, where he left with 18 years, he will take a note with a "until soon" on the backpack. In the club, aware of the paperwork that he has had with young people like Vinicius, Rodrygo and Militao, they love him as close as possible.

A different situation lives Isco Alarcón. Like Marcelo and Bale, he ends contract next June, but if in the case of the Brazilian the spark of him was over 30, with the Andalusian the taste is much more bitter. Isco started the 18-19 season as a Star of Madrid and the selection. With 26 years, he came from being indisputable at the World Cup and the arrival of Lopetegui to the Madridista bench was spinning about him much of the club's future. The departure of Christian opened him widely the doors of a property that had already lived in the final of the 2017 Champions before Juventus, one of the best matches of Madrid of Zidane, and in the decisive duel of Kiev 2018. Like Marcelo, he was decisive in Lisbon, being one of the protagonists of the Madrid historical cycle. That is why Madrid renewed him in 2017 with 700 million clause.

But the dismissal of Lopetegui, the arrival of Solari and the return of Zidane led to Isco to the underworld. He is sportingly stopped telling and smelling he did not have his head to fight. The result is that its market value has fallen from 80 to 9 million, it accumulates only 195 minutes this course, 29 since September 25, and does not appear in a selection list since June 2019. A situation and a Bajón in unexplained way for a footballer who will turn 30 in April and who is six months to try to earn his next contract. He will have to reduce, and much, the gross 13 million he charges in Madrid.

Updated Date: 07 January 2022, 00:09

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