Real Madrid left-back, Marcelo, has talked about the day he arrived at the club aged just 18 and how he refused to be loaned out by the club.
At the time, it was a dream fulfilled for the Brazilian.
“Someone called me and said: ‘Do you want to play for Real Madrid?’ but I did not know who he was,” Marcelo said to The Player’s Tribune.
“I said yes and he said: ‘Then you’ll go to Real Madrid.’
“I swear to God I thought I was going there just to have a conversation but when I got to the meeting with the club, I saw the contracts with the Real Madrid seal and so I signed them quickly.
“Introduced to the press that day, I had no idea it was also going to be my presentation and my family in Brazil did not believe it until they saw it in Globoesporte.”
The loan that Marcelo never signed
“At the end of my first season, the sports director called me to his office,” he continued.
“I came in with my baseball cap on, hoping to have a little chat, but he told me that the club wanted to loan me.
“They wanted me to get experience, but I thought that if I left Real, I might not come back.
“He wanted me to sign a piece of paper and I just asked him one question: ‘If I do not sign this, I don’t have to leave?’
“He said, ‘Well, that’s right, if you do not sign, you’ll stay if the coach wants you to stay, but I think you need to get some experience.’
“I thought they would bring some thugs in to get me to sign so I just said, ‘I’ll get experience, I’ll take care of it,’ thanked him and went out the door.”
His first experience of Madrid
“When I got to the dressing room, I saw Robinho, Cicinho, Baptista, Emerson, Ronaldo and Roberto Carlos, Casillas, Raul, Beckham, Cannavaro … Little Marcelito came in saying, ‘Sh*t, I only know these guys from the video games!” he said.
“They could have eaten me alive, but Roberto Carlos approached me on my first day and gave me his phone for whatever I needed.”
The day he first saw the Champions League
“You have to know that until I was 16 I did not know what the Champions League was,” Marcelo confessed.
“Porto and Monaco were playing and I said: ‘What the heck is that, Champions what?’ and my friends answered ‘it’s the final of the Champions League.”