Ronaldo Surprises Marcelo’s Son with Heartwarming Christmas Gift
Ronaldo and Marcelo were teammates at Real Madrid for nine years, starting in 2009 and ending in 2018.
Cristiano Ronaldo, the Portuguese soccer star, pleasantly surprised Marcelo’s 8-year-old son, Liam Alves, with a special Christmas present on Monday.
Liam Alves, born in 2015, expressed his thanks to the Portuguese legend. Ronaldo, who used to play alongside his father, sent him a signed shirt for Christmas. Liam shared this thoughtful gift on his Instagram with a heartfelt caption.
“Thank you, Cris. I love you. You are my idol @cristiano,” Alves posted on Instagram.
Ronaldo and Marcelo teamed up at Real Madrid for nine years, from 2009 to 2018. They created one of the best partnerships ever, playing on the left side for Los Blancos for a long time.
Ronaldo came to the Spanish capital in 2009 in a record-breaking deal and quickly became friends with the Brazilian. They shared lots of happy moments, celebrated together, and enjoyed pranking each other during training sessions and team photoshoots.
They played together on the field 332 times, scoring a total of 33 goals. Cristiano Ronaldo made 25 goals, and Marcelo scored eight during their time as teammates.
After nine years filled with legacy and greatness, Ronaldo left Madrid in 2018. He then joined Juventus and spent three years there.
Even though they haven’t played together for almost six years now, the two still have a strong bond and hold great respect for each other.
When Ronaldo left, Marcelo’s performance declined, and he was eventually replaced by newly signed left-backs like Sergi Reguilon and Ferland Mendy.
In 2022, the Brazilian left the club as a legend after winning the UEFA Champions League and La Liga, even though he didn’t play many matches during the campaign.
The 38-year-old left Manchester United in November 2022 through a mutual contract termination and later joined the Saudi Pro League in January.
There were rumors that the Brazilian might join his ex-teammate in the Gulf country, but he chose to return to his home country and is now playing for Fluminense FC.
The defender shared that he talked with Ronaldo about the possibility of moving to the Middle East, but he decided he’d rather go back to Brazil.
“We [Marcelo and Ronaldo] talked about this some time ago. I had some offers to leave, not just there [Al Nassr], but I felt the need to return here [Brazil], to my roots. Something inside me told me that I had to go back,” Marcelo stated, as quoted by GOAL.