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Marcelo is the next name in what appears to be a Brazilian specialty: the attacking wingback. The Real Madrid player is the fourth Brazilian wingback to make the World XI since its introduction in 2005, eight years ago.


Marcelo follows in the footsteps of Cafú, Dani Alves and Maicon, three wingbacks who impressed football fans not only with their defensive skills, but also with their ability to ignite their team’s offensive play.


Marcelo fits the mould. When given the opportunity, the left footed defender surges forward, flies past opponents and tries to deliver a dangerous cross or a shot on goal.


Predecessors such as Paulo Maldini and Robert Carlos praised the 24-year old Brazilian, who captured two titles with Real Madrid in 2012 (Spanish league and super cup). He lost the final of the 2012 London Olympic Games (to Mexico) with the Brazilian Olympic team.


Marcelo is the eighth Brazilian player in history to make the World XI. In this election, he ranks fourth on the list of defenders, beating teammate Pepe for the fourth and final spot in the back line: Marcelo received 25.9 per cent of the votes, Pepe 23.5 per cent.




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