Marcelo, the former Real Madrid star, was in tears as he celebrated his first Copa Libertadores win with his boyhood club Fluminense on Saturday.
Fluminense secured a historic victory in the Copa Libertadores final, beating Boca Juniors 2-1 at the iconic Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro. This marked the Brazilian side’s very first title in the tournament, which is the most prestigious prize in South American club football.
It was also the first Copa Libertadores for Marcelo as well! The legendary defender returned to his childhood club in February after a 16-year absence, and only seven months later, celebrated a victory of this magnitude.
Even though the veteran defender was substituted in the second half against Boca Juniors, the legendary full-back remained an integral part of the championship-winning team.
As the final whistle blew, Marcelo was overcome with emotion, shedding tears of joy and accomplishment. He hugged his teammates, his coach Fernando Diniz, and his family. He also lifted the trophy in front of the jubilant fans, who chanted his name and thanked him for his loyalty.
You can watch the video of Marcelo’s emotional celebration here.
This emotional moment marked a significant achievement, as Fluminense secured their first-ever title in the prestigious tournament, making the victory even more poignant for the passionate player and the club he holds close to his heart.
Marcelo rejoined Fluminense after a stellar career in Europe, where he played for Los Blancos and Olympiacos. According to the veteran defender, he feels fulfilled after his latest success.
“I owed a debt to Fluminense. It was written (that we would win the championship),” he said.
It was Marcelo’s 26th major trophy in his illustrious career. He won 25 trophies with Real Madrid, including five Champions Leagues, six La Liga titles, and four FIFA Club World Cups. He also won the 2013 Confederations Cup with Brazil.
Marcelo joined an exclusive group of players who have won both the Copa Libertadores and the UEFA Champions League, such as Neymar, Cafu, Ronaldinho, and Carlos Tevez. He also became the second player to win the Copa Libertadores with Fluminense after having won the Champions League with another club, following Deco, who achieved the same feat with Porto and Barcelona.