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Marcelo’s technique to trap the ball is absolute fire

The Brazilian stunned the world last week and he has just done it again, but this time to set up a goal

Hunter gatherers, cavemen and farmers have been trying to work out how to trap animals for centuries.

What they should have been doing is asking Real Madrid’s Marcelo.

Not only did the Brazilian prove he had the ultimate technique to stop the ball last week against Bayern Munich, but he’s just done it again.


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And this time it led directly to a goal.

In contrast to last week’s game which was one of poor quality punctuated with exciting moments, the return leg got off to a flying start.

The fit-again David Alaba and Franck Ribery were already causing havoc down Bayern’s right before a switch of play, followed by an unusual Sergio Ramos fluff saw Joshua Kimmich with a free hit from five yards out.

1-0 Bayern, game on.


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Kim’on!

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Kim’on!

Then Marcelo and his exquisite technique entered the fray.

The ball went from one side of the pitch to the other with a swish of Mateo Kovacic’s right boot, high and curling towards Real’s left-back.

What looked like a devilish ball to country was expertly plucked out of the air by the defender leaving us stunned.

He must be the best in the world at trapping the ball right now.

He didn’t sit back and admire his outrageous, oh no, Marcelo immediately delivered the perfect cross to Karim Benzema to level the score.

Advantage Madrid.

Celebrating the assist. Love that

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Celebrating the assist. Love that

This is a man who doesn’t know what pressure is.

Last week it was in a finely-poised Champions League semi-final in one of the most imposing opposition stadiums in the game.

This time his side was a goal down in the biggest game of the season as Zinedine Zidane tried to ensure he didn’t lose his 100% winning streak in Champions League knockout ties.

Perhaps that’s why Brazilians are so good at tournaments, pressure, what pressure?