Real Madrid legends broke down to tears as they paid tributes to the outgoing evergreen defender and loyal servant of the club, Marcelo.
The Brazilian announced his departure from the Spanish Liga giants at the end of the recent campaign and he does so in a stylish fashion.
In a glittering event to bid farewell to the legend, the fullback said it’s very hard for him to leave a club with such a rich history.
The 34-year-old made 546 appearances for Los Blancos since joining in 2007 and leaves as the most decorated player in Real’s 120-year history.
At the same time, the nippy player announced that he is not really worried about his next move and he is looking forward with excitement.
“I don’t think much about the future, I like to live in the moment. But it’s really hard to leave the club that you played your entire life,” Marcelo told a news conference.
“I’m not scared about the future. I’ve done what I wanted here and I’m looking forward to what’s next. Not with fear of uncertainty, but with excitement.”
The ceremony was also attended by the club’s manager Carlo Ancelotti and the skillful wingback added that this was not goodbye because his son is also part of the reigning European champions’ academy.
“I walk out of here with my head held high. My family is very proud of me,” a teary Marcelo added.
“I feel very fortunate, everything I have had in my life has been with work, but I have been lucky with the people I have had by my side. Thank you very much to you all.
“This is not a goodbye; I do not feel that I am leaving real Madrid. The club’s future is secure with promising young talent, and in that, I include my son, who is playing well in the academy. I arrived as a child, and I leave as a man.”
Among his former teammates who lavished him with praise include Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo who said he enjoyed sharing the dressing room with the left-footed player.
“More than a teammate, a brother that football gave me. On and off the fields, one of the biggest stars with whom I had the pleasure of sharing a locker room,” he wrote on social media.
“Go with everything on this new adventure, Marcelo!”
Marcelo’s departure follows a trophy-laden stay with Madrid after winning a fifth UEFA Champions League title as team captain, his 25th trophy with the club as they beat Liverpool 1-0 in the final in Paris last month.