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Ronaldo and Marcelo: Real BFFs

A look back at the bond between the long-time Real Madrid players.

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.”

YOUNG GUNS Icon Sport/Icon Sport via Getty Images YOUNG GUNS When they first started playing together in 2009, Ronaldo was 24 and Marcelo just 21. THE EARLY DAYS David R. Anchuelo/Real Madrid via Getty Images THE EARLY DAYS The two players share a joke before a 2010 match against Standard Liege in Belgium. GOOFBALLS DANI POZO/AFP/Getty Images GOOFBALLS Considering 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. HAND IN HAND Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images HAND IN HAND The dynamic duo celebrate a 2017 goal against Bayern Munich with their patented handshake.
Real Madrid CF v FC Bayern Muenchen - UEFA Champions League Quarter Final: Second Leg
Real Madrid CF v FC Bayern Muenchen - UEFA Champions League Quarter Final: Second Leg
Denis Doyle - UEFA Chris Brunskill Ltd/Getty Images LIKE FATHERS... Angel Martinez/Real Madrid via Getty Images LIKE FATHERS... ...LIKE SONS Europa Press/Europa Press via Getty Images ...LIKE SONS Enzo Vieira (left) and Cristiano Ronaldo Jr. run on the field after Real Madrid's 2018 Champions League final victory over Liverpool. COMMON ENEMY David Ramos/Getty Images COMMON ENEMY The pair keep their eyes locked on La Liga rival Lionel Messi in a 2015 match at Camp Nou Stadium in Barcelona. YEAH I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY CRISTINA QUICLER/AFP/Getty Images YEAH I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY The pair puts on a show after a goal against Malaga in 2011. A FRIEND IN NEED... Jasper Juinen/Getty Images A FRIEND IN NEED... ...IS A FRIEND INDEED Power Sport Images/Getty Images ...IS A FRIEND INDEED LEAN ON ME Denis Doyle/Getty Images LEAN ON ME I HAVE SOMETHING TO TELL YOU... picture alliance/picture alliance via Getty Images I HAVE SOMETHING TO TELL YOU... I'M GOING TO JUVENTUS... Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images I'M GOING TO JUVENTUS... I'LL MISS YOU Denis Doyle/Getty Images I'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. CR7 AND M12 FOREVER Denis Doyle/Getty Images CR7 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.