The Rio de Janeiro-born Marcelo is yet another Brazilian star to have nurtured his skills on the futsal court before switching to grass. A Fluminense youth product, the left-back made his first-team debut in 2005 and became a regular starter for Flu the following year. He continued on his upward trajectory in signing for Real Madrid in 2007.
A distinctive figure as much for his galloping runs down the flank as his eye-catching hairstyle, the 25-year-old played his first game for the Madrid giants in April 2007 and has made the left flank more or less his own. He showed his versatility when given more licence to attack in the 2009/10 season, though current Merengue coach Jose Mourinho has handed him a more defensive brief.
His Brazil debut came in a 2008 friendly against Sweden. That same year Marcelo formed part of the Brazil side that won bronze at the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament in Beijing. The flying full-back was back at the Games four years later in London, where he collected a silver medal. He also appeared in several qualifiers for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ but did not make Dunga’s 23-man shortlist for the finals.
In 2011 he started to feature more regularly under Dunga’s successor Mano Menezes and has retained his Seleção place under Luiz Felipe Scolari. The gifted left-footer has scored three goals to date for A Verde e Amarelo, with his country winning on each occasion.