In his 13 years at Real Madrid, Marcelo has had plenty of time to figure out how to stop Lionel Messi. Now, finally, he looks to have cracked it.
The two South Americans have gone toe-to-toe more times than we can count since 2007, but it’s fair to say Messi has aged better on the pitch.
Marcelo has been used a little more sparingly this season, recently sitting out the Champions League defeat at home to Manchester City, but he returned with a vengeance in the latest Clasico.
Neither of Spain’s most storied clubs have been at their best this season, and this was reflected in the relative lack of buzz around the fixture.
However, while other players might have been off the pace, that accusation can’t be levelled at Messi.
He has more goals and more assists than any other player in La Liga this season, by a fair distance, too, and it’s reasonable to think any close game – even against Real Madrid – will inevitably be decided by him without anyone else being able to intervene.
Marcelo wasn’t convinced, though. Just as the Argentine looked ready to do what he always does in these situations, Los Blancos’ left-back decided things would go down a little differently.