Earlier in the week, the Brazilian wing-back was reported to praise the Barcelona attacker for being the best player in the world, comments he back tracked on in favour of Cristiano Ronaldo.
Brazil take on the challenge of traditional rivals Argentina in their next international friendly. In the build-up of the much anticipated fixture, Real Madrid and Canarinha left-back, Marcelo heaped praise on Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi.
Los Blancos star was believed to have hailed the pint-sized attacker as the best in the world, putting him ahead of club teammate, Cristiano Ronaldo.
"Right now, Messi is the best player in the world and it is a pleasure to play against him," Marcelo was reported as saying by
"We will see what happens, if we can mark him. Argentina are more attacking [than Mexico], so we will have space to play.”
"But we need to be careful, because they can score goals easily. You cannot talk about one or two players only, but about their entire team.
"But we also have several good players and we will try to secure a good result."
However, the Brazilian international has retracted on his previous outburst, claiming that he was misquoted in his previous interview.
Marcelo explained that what he meant to say was that while Messi is heralded as the best in the world, for him Cristiano Ronaldo holds that position.
Moreover, the tenacious left-back claimed that it was a pathetic attempt to ruin his friendship with the Portuguese hotshot with no avail.
"They misinterpreted what I said," Marcelo explained while talking to Madrid-based Spanish sports daily, AS. "Messi was the last one to receive the award, but for me, Cristiano Ronaldo is without a doubt the best.”
"The press will not ruin our friendship," he noted.
Marcelo was an integral part of the Real Madrid team that won La Liga title in the 2011/12 campaign. It was Los Blancos 32nd league title in their history and their first in three years that brings Barcelona reign of dominance in Spanish top flight
Jose Mourinho’s men recorded an impressive 100 points for their hard toils during the course of the season, also registering 32 victories in their domestic outings.