Marcelo admits Real Madrid have lost ‘the world’s best player’ in Cristiano Ronaldo but asserts no individual is bigger than the club.
Ronaldo and Marcelo forged a close bond at Madrid, winning two Liga titles and four Champions League, before the No 7 left for Juventus over the summer.
“Winning four Champions League in five years seems normal to me, but it isn’t,” the left-back told Club del Deportista.
“There are some very big teams who have won ‘only’ two, one, or none. We’ve forgotten how hard it is to win the Champions League.
“We’ve built a very strong team and being together for so long has been one of the keys to what we’ve won.
“That doesn’t make it easier to win a Champions League, but it’s less difficult. I’ve always done everything possible to stay at Real Madrid.
“Cristiano is my former teammate and also my friend. It’s clear that if the best player in the world is no longer in your team, you’re going to miss them.
“Any team would like to have Cristiano, but ultimately Madrid will always be Madrid and we’ll have the best players in every positions.
“Players come and go, but Madrid will always be Madrid. We have to do our bit so that our history becomes even greater and that’s it.
“You can’t make conclusions about a team in September, it’s crazy. February is when everything starts to take shape.
“Right now, we’re alive on all fronts and there’s the Club World Cup, which we have to win.”