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Is Marcelo Brazil's best, most charismatic left-back?

Marcelo has established himself as one of the great left-backs in Brazil's history. Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images

This is a profile of Marcelo, who is part of ESPN's World Fame 100.

The curly-haired boy who showed great promise with the youth sides at Fluminense has won over Europe. Make that, the world. Marcelo is charismatic, with an easy smile that has led nearly 25 million fans to follow his photos on Instagram.

Marcelo has established himself as one of the great left-backs in Brazilian history. Many think he has eclipsed Roberto Carlos, who immortalized himself in that position.

Both had great success in Real Madrid. Roberto Carlos played on those galacticos teams with Ronaldo, David Beckham and Zinedine Zidane. Marcelo plays alongside Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Luka Modric.

Roberto Carlos won incredible 14 titles in 11 years at Real Madrid. In a similar period, Marcelo has raised 18 cups with the club.

Still, the left-back with the easy smile has won much more than titles in his career. He's won respect, credibility and an avalanche of followers on social media.