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Marcelo's Triumph: Copa Libertadores Glory With Fluminense

Marcelo's Triumph: Copa Libertadores Glory With Fluminense

Marcelo Vieira of Fluminense controls the ball during the final match
 Marcelo Vieira of Fluminense controls the ball during the final match of Copa CONMEBOL Libertadores 2023 between Fluminense and Boca Juniors at Maracana Stadium on November 4, 2023 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Image-Getty)

 Experienced Brazilian defender Marcelo expressed profound admiration for securing the Copa Libertadores title with his cherished childhood team Fluminense on Saturday, deeming it the pinnacle of his career, even above the prestigious Champions League trophies he clinched during his tenure with Real Madrid.

In an unprecedented feat, the Brazilian squad clinched their inaugural victory in the CONMEBOL South American club competition, triumphing over Argentina's Boca Juniors with a 2-1 win in extra time.

During his 16-season tenure with Real Madrid, the 35-year-old notched an impressive track record, claiming the Champions League five times, along with six LaLiga titles, five Spanish Super Cups, four Club World Cups, three European Super Cups, and two Copa del Rey trophies.

Throughout his illustrious career, Marcelo has emerged victorious in an astounding 18 out of the 21 club-level finals he has contested.

Having returned to his roots in February after a stint with Greek side Olympiakos subsequent to his departure from the Spanish giants, Marcelo highlighted the significance of the Copa Libertadores win, underscoring the profound connection he maintains with his childhood club.

"Real Madrid will understand. It's my most important title, at club level, because it's the club that raised me," Marcelo shared with ESPN.

He further emphasized the sentimental value attached to this achievement, highlighting the role of the club in shaping his career and the enduring relationships fostered with those who witnessed his formative years. Marcelo regarded this triumph as an irreplaceable and priceless milestone in his professional journey.

In an exclusive league alongside notable players such as Ronaldinho, Neymar, and Julian Alvarez, Marcelo's dual triumph in both the Copa Libertadores and the Champions League solidifies his status among a select group of individuals who have conquered both esteemed intercontinental club tournaments.

Reflecting on his journey, Marcelo expressed his sense of fulfillment and closure, acknowledging a personal debt to Fluminense and affirming that their recent victory was destined to be.

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