Marcelo lost his grandfather Pedro today and was given permission to travel to Rio de Janeiro to be with his family. Instead he chose to stay with the national team in order to prepare for the World Cup semi-final against Germany.
Below is a quote from his 2011 RM interview, where he went into much detail about the significance his grandfather holds in his life.
"… Don Pedro is an institution for you, and I believe he’s the person who showed you the road that led you to where you are now."
"Yes, without a doubt. I owe my family a lot, since they’ve always been with me, including my wife, my son, my father, my mother, but my grandfather has always been… if I played badly, he would tell me, no, you didn’t play badly, you were the best one out there. He always lifted my spirits. He’s always been like that since I was a kid, always by my side, always giving me encouragement. Right now he’s in Brazil, a bit far, but he always gives me strength."