Marcelo: Isco rejected Real Madrid captain’s armband

MADRID, SPAIN - DECEMBER 12: Isco of Real Madrid reacts during the UEFA Champions League Group G match between Real Madrid and CSKA Moscow at Bernabeu on December 12, 2018 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

Real Madrid defender Marcelo revealed that Isco turned down the opportunity to skipper the side in their disastrous 3-0 home defeat to CSKA Moscow

In the absence of Sergio Ramos on Wednesday night, Marcelo captained Real in his first appearance for the club since November 27.

But the Brazilian’s return from injury proved to be a forgettable one with Real suffering a humiliating 3-0 defeat to CSKA at the Santiago Bernabeu.

In the 74th minute of the game, Marcelo was substituted for Dani Carvajal and immediately offered the captain’s armband to Isco.

However, the Spain international instead turned down the honour and insisted that Marcelo give the armband to Carvajal instead.

“I tried to give the armband to Isco [when I came off for Dani Carvajal],” said Marcelo, according to AS.

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: Jose Mourinho is seen in the stands prior to the Premier League match between Fulham FC and Everton FC at Craven Cottage on April 13, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)

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The former Real Madrid assistant manager backed Jose Mourinho, saying he would have been just as good as Zinedine Zidane is.

“But he told me that I had to give it to Carvajal. I don’t know what the reason for that was.”

Isco then later went to confront the discontent Real supporters at the Bernabeu after their biggest European home defeat.

“I didn’t see Isco’s reaction,” added Marcelo.

“But I don’t think it was against the fans. We’re here to give our all for this club. We’re really hurting, but all we can do is recover and focus on the weekend.”

Isco made his second start in Real’s past three games on Wednesday after previously struggling to get back into the team.