Marcelo Makes Copa Libertadores and UEFA Champions League Comparison After Fluminense Victory

Marcelo Makes Copa Libertadores and UEFA Champions League Comparison After Fluminense Victory

Lukman Mumuni
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • Marcelo has reacted to winning the Copa Libertadores
  • The former Real Madrid star helped Fluminense to victory against Boca Juniors
  • Marcelo won five UEFA Champions League titles with Real Madrid

Former Real Madrid defender, Marcelo claims the Copa Libertadores is bigger than the UEFA Champions League after winning the competition with boyhood club, Fluminense.

The Brazilian left-back played a pivotal role as Fluminense defeated Boca Juniors 2-1 to win the South American version of the Champions League for the first time in their history.

John Kennedy netted an extra-time winner following a feisty encounter at the Maracana in Brazil.

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Marcelo celebrating his Copa Libertadores win with Fluminense. Credit: @se7enfutbol
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Marcelo, who won the UEFA Champions League five times with Real Madrid, celebrated wildly as he explained the importance of the title to his career.

"Real Madrid will understand. It's my most important title, at club level, because it's the club that raised me," Marcelo told ESPN, as quoted by
"I'm winning a very important title with my favourite club, the club that gave me all the tools to have my career, with the employees who saw me grow up. There's nothing more rewarding than that. It's priceless," he added.

The 35-year-old rejoined Fluminense after a stellar career in Europe, where he played for Los Blancos and Olympiacos. According to the veteran defender, he feels fulfilled after his latest success.

"I owed a debt to Fluminense. It was written (that we would win the championship)," he said.

Meanwhile, in an explosive game on Saturday night, Fluminense took a first-half lead through German Cano before Luis AdvĂ­ncula levelled for Boca Juniors in the second-half. Kennedy, who scored the winner was sent off after two bookings, with the second coming off his celebrations with the fans.

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Marcelo inspires Fluminense to Copa Libertadores triumph

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that former Real Madrid defender, Marcelo has won the Copa Libertadores, the South American version of the Champions League, after helping boyhood club Fluminense beat Boca Juniors in the final.

A John Kennedy extra-time winner decided a dramatic encounter at the Maracana, with two players including the goal scorer sent off.

Marcelo, who joined the Brazilian outfit after an illustrious career with Real Madrid and Olympiacos in Europe, added another silverware to his glamorous cabinet.

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Lukman Abdul Mumin is a Sports Journalist based in Accra, Ghana. He has been writing for the past five years. Lukman joined Sports Brief as an Editor for the Local Desk in 2022.