A look back at the bond between the long-time Real Madrid players.
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Published July 26, 2018
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After nearly a decade of playing together, Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcelo will no longer be teaming up to torment Real Madrid Opponents now that Ronaldo has left to join Italian club Juventus. The famed striker was sold for 100 million euros in early July, and will be leaving the defensive star behind. During their time together, the teammates won three Champions League titles, developed their own special handshake, and shared many memories and laughs. In his farewell Instagram post to Ronaldo, Marcelo wrote, “When I retire, I will sit at a bar, have a beer, and tell our stories and show all our pictures.”
Icon Sport/Icon Sport via Getty ImagesYOUNG GUNSWhen they first started playing together in 2009, Ronaldo was 24 and Marcelo just 21.
David R. Anchuelo/Real Madrid via Getty ImagesTHE EARLY DAYSThe two players share a joke before a 2010 match against Standard Liege in Belgium.DANI POZO/AFP/Getty ImagesGOOFBALLSConsidering the amount of time they spent together — and that they are two of only a few team members who speak Portuguese — a strong connection was inevitable.Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty ImagesHAND IN HANDThe dynamic duo celebrate a 2017 goal against Bayern Munich with their patented handshake.
Denis Doyle - UEFAChris Brunskill Ltd/Getty ImagesAngel Martinez/Real Madrid via Getty ImagesLIKE FATHERS...
Europa Press/Europa Press via Getty Images...LIKE SONSEnzo Vieira (left) and Cristiano Ronaldo Jr. run on the field after Real Madrid's 2018 Champions League final victory over Liverpool.David Ramos/Getty ImagesCOMMON ENEMYThe pair keep their eyes locked on La Liga rival Lionel Messi in a 2015 match at Camp Nou Stadium in Barcelona.CRISTINA QUICLER/AFP/Getty ImagesYEAH I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODYThe pair puts on a show after a goal against Malaga in 2011.
Jasper Juinen/Getty ImagesA FRIEND IN NEED...Power Sport Images/Getty Images...IS A FRIEND INDEEDDenis Doyle/Getty ImagesLEAN ON ME
picture alliance/picture alliance via Getty ImagesI HAVE SOMETHING TO TELL YOU...Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty ImagesI'M GOING TO JUVENTUS...Denis Doyle/Getty ImagesI'LL MISS YOU"I am proud to have played with you, not because you are the best player but because of who you are," Marcelo wrote on Instagram.
Denis Doyle/Getty ImagesCR7 AND M12 FOREVER"These years in Madrid, and in this city of Madrid, have been possibly the happiest of my life. I only have feelings of enormous thanks for this club, this fanbase and this city. I can only give thanks to all of them for the love and affection that I have received," Ronaldo wrote in an open letter to fans.