With Real Madrid’s 35th La Liga title, Marcelo is Madrid’s most successful player

Veteran Brazilian defender Marcelo won his 24th title with Real Madrid on Saturday, becoming the club’s most awarded player.

The left-back started in the 4-0 home win over Espanyol which helped Madrid lift the Spanish league.

Marcelo, 33, was tied on the club’s trophy list with the great Francisco “Paco” Gento, whose heyday was the 1950s and 1960s. He died this year aged 88.

Marcelo lifted his 23rd trophy with the club in January, when Madrid lifted the Spanish Super Cup days before Gento’s death.

Marcelo has lost his starting spot this season and hasn’t played often. He was in the starting line-up on Saturday, however, as manager Carlo Ancelotti rested most of the regular starters ahead of the Champions League semi-final against Manchester City next week.

Marcelo gave his compatriot Rodrygo the pass to open the scoring against Espanyol in the 33rd minute at the Santiago Bernabéu. Rodrygo added with a header in the 43rd, Marco Asensio scored in the 55th and substitute Karim Benzema closed the scoring in the 81st.

It was the sixth Spanish league crown for Marcelo, who also has four Champions Leagues, four Club World Cups, three UEFA Super Cups, two Copa del Reys and five Spanish Super Cups.

Marcelo also won a Confederations Cup and two Olympic medals with Brazil.

He joined Madrid from Brazilian club Fluminense in 2006 to succeed Brazilian great Roberto Carlos on the left flank.

Marcelo’s former Brazilian teammate Dani Alves has the most career titles with 41, most of them with Barcelona.

Former Madrid defender Sergio Ramos won 22 titles with the Spanish club.

Benzema won his 21st trophy with Madrid on Saturday.

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