Marcelo’s appearance in the FIFA FIFPro 2019 Best Team drew debate. The Real Madrid defender is rated no better than Liverpool’s young star Andrew Robertson.
At the gala ceremony of the 2019 FIFA Player of the Year award which took place in Milan on Tuesday (9/24/2019) early morning hrs, the world’s highest football authority also announced the player who was named the best team. 11 names are chosen to fill each position on the field.
Alisson Becker, Virgil van Dijk, Matthijs de Ligt, Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Eden Hazard, Frenkie de Jong, Luka Modric, Kylian Mbappe, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo were included in the FIFA FIFPro 2019 Best Team squad.
Pros and cons were also related to some names that were deemed inappropriate to enter the best team. Marcelo is one of them.
The Real Madrid left-back is claimed not to be the best at the moment. There are those who judge that Andy Robertson is more suitable to fill Marcelo’s position in the team.
The Liverpool defender is undergoing an extraordinary season in 2019. He successfully led the Reds to become European champions, plus brought his team to become runner-up Premier League with just one defeat in the league.
Based on statistics from Whoscored, the Scottish defender did have a better performance than Marcelo. That is clearly illustrated in the statistics of some of the attributes they both
Marcelo played 23 times in the 2018/2019 Spanish League, with a total of 1,841 minutes on the field. While Robertson down in 36 Premier League matches and recorded playing time of 3,219 minutes.
In terms of tackles, the Liverpool defender is far ahead of his rival in Madrid. Robertson is able to do 80 tackles, compared to 34 tackles by Marcelo.
The number of intercepts made by Robertson also more than Marcelo. He successfully made 30 intercepts, while the Brazilian defender can only be 17 times.
The sweep of the ball made by the former Hull City player was also superior to Marcelo. Robertson managed to do it 47 times, compared to 14 times the strokes made by the 31-year-old player.
Robertson also managed to block 6 opponents’ shots, while Marcelo only blocked 2 enemy kicks. He also managed to keep his team conceded for 21 games, while Real Madrid only recorded 4 clean sheets.
The only advantage of Marcelo from Robertson is in the offense and collection of yellow cards. He violated opponents 19 times and won 6 yellow cards, 18 times the violation and 4 yellow cards belonging to the Liverpool defender.
For matters contributing to the attack, Robertson again showed its superiority than Marcelo with 11 assistants versus 2.
Marcelo’s real advantage was in productivity. He managed to make two goals, while Robertson did not record goals in his own name.