More than twenty thousand Olympiacos fans showed up at their home ground in Piraeus on Monday to welcome Brazilian soccer star Marcelo Vieira da Silva Júnior, who recently signed for the Greek champions.
The fans chanted and lit flares as Marcelo made his way onto the field at Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium.
Marcelo, accompanied by his wife and two sons, arrived at Athens International Airport in the afternoon by private jet and was escorted to the stadium by Christian Karembeu, the club’s sports director.
He entered the field wearing the same No. 12 he wore at Real Madrid for the past sixteen seasons.
“Thank you. I am very happy and satisfied. My family too. I hope to help the team with great devotion,” Marcelo told the Olympiacos fans, adding in Greek, “Let’s go, Olympiacos!”
Marcelo reportedly signs one year contract with Olympiacos
The attacking left-back was signed on Saturday. Terms of the contract were not announced; Greek sports sites reported the contract was for one year, with an option for an additional year.
The 34-year-old Marcelo, a true football legend, has been a Real Madrid player from 2006 until the previous season. In the past sixteen years, he has been capped 546 times with the Spanish outfit and evolved into one of the club’s top players ever and the soccer player with the largest number of trophies—about twenty-five.
He has won five Champions League titles, six championships, four FIFA Club World Cups, three European Super Cups, two Copa del Rey titles, and five Spanish Super Cups.
In Real, he scored a tally of thirty-eight goals, one of which was in the 2014 Champions League final against Atletico.
Marcelo featured in Brazil’s National Team fifty-eight times with a tally of six goals. He has been in the World Cup twice—in 2014 and 2018—and won the Confederations Cup in 2013. Before signing in Real Madrid, he used to play for Fluminense.
Last season, Olympiacos was, once again, crowned Greek soccer champion, amounting to a record forty-seven times.
Founded on March 10, 1925, Olympiacos is the most successful club in Greek soccer history, having also won twenty-eight Cups (eighteen Doubles), and four Super Cups, all records.