- Nationality: Brazilian
- DOB: 19/02/1989
- Height: 5'10" (178cm)
- Weight: 11st 5lbs (72kg)
Wolves signed 31-year-old Brazilian Marcal on a two-year deal from Lyon in summer 2020, just a month after the left-back had helped the Ligue 1 side to the 2019/20 Champions League semi-final.
Growing up in Sao Paulo, Marcal was a product of the Gremio academy system, which is responsible for bringing through some of the biggest names in Brazilian football, such as Ronaldinho and Emerson.
After breaking through as a professional, Marcal spent time with hometown club Guaratungueta before making his first move to Europe, signing for SCU Torreense, making 40 appearances in the Portuguese Second Division where he scored three goals.
But it was with Madeira-based club Nacional where the Brazilian made his name, amassing more than 110 outings in the Primeira Liga, mainly at left-back, as he helped the club to four successive top-half finishes in Portugal’s top-flight, as well as a Europa League appearance and two runs to the Taca de Portugal semi-finals.
His performances at the back for Nacional alerted interest from league champions Benfica, who subsequently sent Marcal on loan to Turkish outfit Gaziantepspor and Ligue 1’s Guingamp, with his form at the latter earning him a permanent move to fellow French side Lyon.
Marcal had been a regular in Les Gones’ backline since arriving in 2017, making 75 appearances over the past three years, and featuring in a Europa League campaign – which saw Lyon reach the last 16 – in his first season at the club, as well as two Champions League runs, with the second concluding just last month.
The defender played the full 90 minutes in both legs of the last 16 victory against Juventus, as well as the quarter-final win over Manchester City. Marcal also started the semi-final, but the side’s Champions League jaunt ended in defeat to eventual champions Bayern Munich.
In his opening season at Molineux, Marcal played 13 times, providing an option as a central defender, left-back or left-wing-back.