For a long time, this truth was limited to the perimeter of Paris Saint-Germain, where the central defender is the undisputed captain of the club since the departure of Thiago Silva in August 2020. But for several months, the native of Sao Paulo has been also transformed into boss of the defense of Brazil.
As a symbol, he was named captain this Sunday in Colombia (0-0), where he took the torch from… Thiago Silva, who wore the armband in Venezuela (3-1).
A match where Marquinhos, incriminated by a fatal slip on the first goal, made up for it by equalizing with a head full of authority.
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New demonstration of the dimension taken by the 27-year-old defender within the Seleçao.
And this armband, worn for the 4th time only with the selection, is more a mark of confidence than a professional deformation.
According to the tenure or not of Thiago Silva, who has become a hundred years old in the number of selections by entering Sunday, the Parisian captain could again inherit the important piece of fabric for the reception of Uruguay on the night of Thursday to Friday ( 2:30), still as part of the World Cup qualifiers.
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A probable tenure, the fourth in five matches since the return of international football, as an indication that if Marquinhos is invited to take a seat on the bench, it is because the match is of less importance. Thus, he missed the last two matches against the modest team of Peru, in the playoffs (2-0) as in the Copa America (4-0). A competition in which the Parisian has, apart from this group match, played all of it until the final lost against Argentina by his new teammate Lionel Messi (0-1).
Winner of the same Copa America in 2019, the defender has only left the eleven three times since. With 51 matches, he is now the most used player under Tite. A nice revenge when we know that the coach Auriverde, who had yet launched pro in 2011 with the Corinthians, had relegated him to the bench for the benefit of the experienced Miranda for the 2018 World Cup. In Russia, Marquinhos did not. had played only a minute of courtesy entering after the round of 16 against Mexico (2-0). Naturally calm and composed, Marquinhos had not flinched then, knowing that his time would eventually come. One year before the next World Cup, where Brazil, leader of its qualifying group (8 wins, 1 draw), is on track to qualify, "Marqui" takes off in the shoes ofan indisputable holder, he who has missed only four matches since this frustrating summer 2018.
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It remains to be seen who will appear alongside him.
If he continues his momentum, Thiago Silva should be, even if he will then be 38 years old.
Other solutions exist, the most plausible leading to Madrid's Eder Militao, regularly associated with Marquinhos.
A scenario that could allow the Parisian, with a consensual profile, to recover the armband.
The best captain is the one who commands respect without having to say a word.
He has that, this rage to win, this desire to fight for his own which gives others the desire to strip themselves for him, ”
noted Christophe Jallet in
in September 2020.
The first captain of the QSI era then exposed the obviousness of the appointment of the person concerned as captain of PSG after the departure of Thiago Silva.
Now the emblematic leader of an armada of stars in the capital, the placid Marquinhos could tackle lastingly to take in his wake a Seleçao who dreams of finding its former glory, with or without Neymar.