Marcelo paid tribute to his ‘brother’ and former Real Madrid teammate Cristiano Ronaldo after the star’s historic night for Portugal.
The days of Ronaldo and Marcelo leading Real Madrid to European domination may be over, but the bond between the pair remains as strong as ever.
Such is the case that Marcelo took the opportunity to congratulate his ‘brother’ after his brace against Sweden in the UEFA Nations League on Tuesday took his tally for Portugal up to 101 goals in just 165 outings.
Ronaldo became only the second player ever to surpass the century-mark in international football after Iran legend Ali Daei, and the first European to do so.
“My brother that football gave me, I’m so happy to be able to be here, congratulating you on 100 goals for the national team,” Marcelo said in a video message on the FIFA World Cup Twitter page.
“I know what you’ve done for your national team and what you keep doing.”
🗣️ "My brother that football gave me, I'm so happy to be able to be here, congratulating you on 100 goals for the national team. I know what you've done for your national team and what you keep doing."
— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) September 8, 2020
It was an incredible achievement for Cristiano and, as Marcelo wisely pointed out, he’ll only keep doing what he does best for a long time yet in smashing home the goals for Portugal.
The 35-year-old may have missed last weekend’s win over Croatia due to a toe infection, but he gave no signs of any problems whatsoever. In fact, Ronaldo was lively right from the very beginning in Sweden.
The Juve star tormented the Swedish defense early on and eventually hit his target by scoring a sublime free-kick for his 100th international goal just before the break.
Ronaldo then curled home a brilliant second goal from outside the box to seal the victory for Portugal and a 101st international goal.
Even legends like Pele are applauding him for his latest achievement.