Cristiano Ronaldo pays tribute to ‘brother’ Marcelo after Real Madrid departure | Soccer

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Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcelo were teammates for nine years (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images)

Cristiano Ronaldo paid tribute to Marcelo in style after the former Manchester United striker’s team-mate announced his departure from Real Madrid.

The pair were team-mates at the Bernabeu for nine years and won a string of trophies including four Champions League titles.

Marcelo is Real Madrid’s most successful player of all time and he picked up his fifth Champions League medal on his last appearance for the club in the 1-0 win against Liverpool in Paris last month.

Ronaldo got along really well with Marcelo on the pitch, but off the field they were just as close.

And the Portugal captain has paid a touching tribute to the Brazilian, saying he will always be ‘more than a teammate’.

“More than a teammate, a brother that football gave me,” said Ronaldo.

“On and off the fields, one of the biggest stars I’ve had the pleasure of sharing a dressing room with.

‘Go on this new adventure with everything, Marcelo!’

Marcelo is yet to announce his next move despite insisting he will not retire.

The left-back is open to staying in Spain but has offers from MLS and his native country Brazil.

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