Marcelo da Silva Viera Junior (12 May 1988) is a South American professional soccer player from Brazil who currently plays as a left-back for the Spanish side, Real Madrid as well as the Brazil national team.
The world of football has been graced with many great talents, yet very few can actually hold their own against this consistent and versatile left back, Marcelo.
Known as one of the best players in the left back position, his pace, dribbles and effortless ability to operate as a winger makes him arguably the best left back of the last decade. We take a look at Marcelo da Silva’s biography facts, childhood, career, personal life and net worth.
Marcelo Da Silva Biography Facts
- Full Name: Marcelo da Silva Viera Junior
- Nickname: El Loco
- Date of Birth / Age: 12 May 1988 (34 years)
- Place of Birth: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- Nationality: Brazilian
- Occupation: Football (Soccer) Player
- Current Club / Team: Real Madrid (Jersey #12) – Brazil National Team (Jersey #10)
- Playing Position: Left-back
- Height: 5ft 9in
- Weight: 75kg
- Strong Foot: Left
- Parents: Marcelo da Silva Viera (Father) – Maria da Silva (Mother)
- Siblings: Julia da Silva (Sister)
- Partner / Spouse: Clarice Alves (married 2008)
- Children: Enzo Alves Vieira (son) – Liam Alves Vieira (son)
- Net Worth: $17 million USD
Marcelo Da Silva Childhood
On the 12th of May 1988, Marcelo Vieira da Silva Júnior was born to his father, Marcelo and mother, Maria da Silva in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. His father was a fireman and his mother a teacher, so they raised Marcelo and his sister on very little income.
Marcelo began playing football at the age of 9 and joined Fluminense FC Youth Academy. Growing up with very little, it was very difficult for Marcelo to even pay for the bus fare to training and was even considering getting out of football, but his grandfather took it upon himself to work and support young Marcelo’s dream of playing football at the highest level.
Marcelo Da Silva Professional Football Career
Fluminense FC (2005 – 2006)
Marcelo rose quickly through the ranks and broke into Fluminense’s first team and was even included in the team of the season in the Brazilian top flight.
Real Madrid (2007 – date)
Marcelo moved to Real Madrid for an $8 million transfer fee, at age 18. On the 7th of January 2007, Marcelo made his debut for Real Madrid in a 0-2 defeat to Deportivo La Coruna and was handed his first start in April.
By the 2007 – 2008 season he became a regular starter and many spectators began to view him as a true heir to Madrid legend and fellow compatriot Roberto Carlos.
By the 2009 – 2010 season, Marcelo was switching between the left winger and left back positions. He played the role of a winger so well that he topped the charts on an assist in the Spanish top flight for that season. This earned him a 5-year extension on his contract tying him to Real Madrid till the summer of 2015.
By 2012, his efforts helped Real Madrid clinch their 32nd league title, while also representing his country in the Olympics and winning a silver medal.
The 2012 – 2013 season was a little off for Marcelo. He scored his first goal in a group stage victory over Manchester City, but he got injured, later on, he returned from an injury lay off to captain his team to a few victories in February 2013 before sustaining another injury that pretty much ended the season for him.
The 2014–2015 season was a very good one for the number 12, he scored a goal in the preseason Guinness ICC (International Champions Cup) final in a 3 – 1 win against Chelsea.
Marcelo featured in 28 league matches scoring 1 goal against Levante before scoring an again in the champions league final 4 – 1 victory over Athletic Madrid, helping Real Madrid win the Copa del Rey and Champions League double.
By July 2015, his efforts got him another contract extension with the Spanish Giants, keeping him in the club for another 5 years, the team lost the league title by just 1 point to their fiercest rivals Barcelona, but they went on to win the champions league in 2016.
By the end of the 2016 – 2017, Marcelo and his teammates were lifting the club’s 33rd La Liga trophy, and the Champions League trophy.
His contract got renewed once again in September 2017 tying him to Real Madrid till the summer of 2022 and he played in every Champions League match all the way to the final when Real Madrid defeated Liverpool 3-1 and Marcelo and his teammates lifted the trophy for the 3rd year in a row.
Marcelo Da Silva National Team Career
Marcelo has been on and off when it comes to his international career. He made his debut and scored against Wales, and even drew a comparison to Brazilian legend, Roberto Carlos. He got to play in the 2008 Olympics winning a bronze medal.
He got selected as a backup for the 2010 World Cup and got to play as an over aged player in the Olympics, winning a silver medal. Marcelo played for his country in the 2013 Confederations Cup and was part of every lineup in the competition as well as the team that defeated Spain 3 – 0 in the final.
Marcelo Da Silva Net Worth
Marcelo’s net worth as of 2019 is estimated at $17 million USD. His net worth is boosted by his numerous investments, bonuses, endorsements and sponsorships with Adidas. He currently earns a weekly salary of £200,000, rounding off to £1.4 million pounds annually.
Marcelo Da Silva Wife
Marcelo got married to his teenage love Clarice Alves in 2008, and together, they have 2 sons Enzo and his younger brother Liam.
Marcelo has dedicated every goal he has scored to his wife and his grandfather, the man who made sure that he did not give up his dream to become a footballer. Unfortunately, his grandfather Papa Pedro died during the 2014 world cup and Marcelo still honours his memory to this day. He even has a tattoo of his grandfather’s face on his arm.