Real Madrid's Brazilian wing-back Marcelo has been handed Spanish citizenship.
The 23-year-old Brazil international, who moved to the Bernabeu during the 2006/07 season from Fluminense, will now no longer occupy one of the three non-European Union spots in the Madrid squad.
"It is a very special day for me. This is a big step. I've always wanted to be here and I'm very happy," Marcelo said on realmadrid.com.
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