How he joined the club: Acquired via transfer from Sporting CP on Dec. 27, 2018.
Marcelo joins the Fire after spending the past eight seasons in the Portuguese Primeira Liga, compiling 172 league appearances (171 starts). A native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Marcelo began his career in Portugal’s first division with Rio Ave FC in 2011. The central defender spent seven seasons (2011-18) with Rio Ave FC, tallying at least 20 league starts in five of his seven seasons with the Club. Additionally, while playing with Rio Ave FC, Marcelo made 11 appearances (10 starts) in the UEFA Europa League.
Joining Primeira Liga powerhouse Sporting CP ahead of the 2018-19 campaign, Marcelo has made one appearance for the Club, starting and playing 90 minutes in the Portuguese League Cup against G.D. Estoril Praia on Oct. 31, 2018.