At PSG, there are stars like Neymar or Mbappé who spread the name of the club beyond the borders. And then there are players a little less famous, talented too, and who give all its meaning to the notion of collective. Marquinhos, the 26-year-old captain is to be placed in this second category. Landed in the French capital in 2013 at just 19 years old, the Brazilian from Sao Paulo is gradually climbing into the very closed elite of the best central defenders on the planet. His leadership, his ability to muzzle his direct opponents and his recent offensive efficiency (he has already scored 3 goals this season in the Champions League, especially against Bayern Munich and Manchester City) demonstrate that he has his place at the Sergio Ramos table. and Virgil Van Dijk, references to this post.
That doesn't make you a potential Ballon d'Or - few defenders have won the title of best player on the planet - but it does offer some guarantees to your employers.
PSG, precisely, does not regret the 31.4 million euros spent eight years ago to snatch the player from La Roma (Italy), nor the million euros monthly he pays him in salary since his extension. contract in January 2020.
"I love this player, he is more complete than Thiago Silva"
At the club, to describe the captain, we use a very simple formula: "A player of value, with values". Understand by that, talent, youth and this ability to always reflect a positive image of himself and of a club that loves nothing less than bad publicity. “At PSG, few players are unanimous. It is not a question of the level of play, but it can be related to attitudes which can displease, explains a former of the house. With Marquinhos, we are dealing with a guy who gives off good vibes. He is ultra-pro, unifying and does his job well. It was clearly the best option for the captaincy after the departure of Thiago Silva, more divisive internally. "
The Brazilian has yet swallowed his share of snakes during the 2015-2016 season. A period when he was only a third choice behind the duo Silva – David Luiz. This had earned him some disappointments as during this OM-PSG (1-2) in February 2016 where David Luiz had refused to go out while his trainer Laurent Blanc had prepared the change with Marquinhos. We have to believe that the latter is endowed with a strong capacity for resilience. After having resisted the sirens of FC Barcelona who wanted to enlist him the following summer, he is now in the top 10 of the most capped players of PSG with 317 games on the clock. A ranking still dominated by Jean-Marc Pilorget (435 games) that the Brazilian could well dethrone one day.
"I wish him, laughs the former central defender of the 1970s and 80s. But as I say sometimes, if I win the Loto, I take a club and the first player I buy is Marquinhos so that he do not beat my record, More seriously I adore this player who for me is more complete than Thiago Silva. And like Cavani in his time, he is a reliable guy, that is to say a player who does not cheat even if he is not always good. The public has returned it to him
(Editor's note: the Parisian Ultras made a tifo with his effigy in September 2019)
and in general the supporters are not much mistaken. "
🇫🇷 What a pleasure 😍 A great honor and great pride for me and all my family!
Launch of the 3rd jersey, victory and the most beautiful tifo of all life!
👏🏽 Thank you @PSG_inside, thank you supporters and thank you @nikefootball 🔴🔵 pic.twitter.com/9CUxDVUoKT
- Marcos Aoás Corrêa (@ marquinhos_m5) September 14, 2019
Father of two children, married to Carol Cabrino very active on social networks, Marquinhos even moved his father to France so that he moved into a house close to his. He has always made Paris his priority for the future even if until recently the Spanish press indicated that Real Madrid are considering recruiting him to ensure the succession of the immense Sergio Ramos. “Given the quality of this boy, I think his future will depend on the outcome of the Champions League, predicts Pilorget. Marquinhos, like Mbappé elsewhere, wants to win titles in Europe. And if he does not succeed with PSG, he may be attached to this club, he will look for a place where he is sure to win. “All the more reason for PSG to get his ticket to the Champions League final.