The youngster had a great ability to play left-back and was known for dispossessing opponents, launching attacks and controlling the ball.
His ability attracted many European clubs to sign him but at the end of the day Real Madrid won the race and officially signed him at 19 and what followed was history.
Marcelo played with great success for Madrid and the Brazilian national team, a job he has done to this day at the age of 33.
Fourteen years later, Tanzania's Azam FC has introduced to the Mainland Premier League, a 'new Marcelo' groomed by the club.
Azam FC trusted him regardless of his age, as was the case with Marcelo and Madrid.
The young fullback is Paschal Msindo, whose first match for Azam FC in the Premier League took place on April 16 this year against JKT Tanzania at the Jamhuri Stadium in Dodoma.
Msindo was deployed as right-back in the tie, which had Azam FC winning 1-0.
So far he has already shown the quality of playing football, especially in the left back, with the national youth teams as well as his club.
Msindo (18 years) has opened up about his journey to Azam FC and many other details, including his goals.
The fullback disclosed: “I developed passion football from a young age, I played a lot on the street and in primary school as well as at Lupanga Secondary School before my then coach, Juma Michu, discovered my talent and took me to Moro Kids center in Morogoro, where I got the best basics to play football.''
"At that time my parents did not trust me, it was difficult for them to let me play football but I struggled to get the support of Michu to convince my parents that football is a job like any other job and then they believed me and started supporting me," he revealed.
Msindo, a Morogoro native, grew up in the region's talent development center, Moro Kids.
“Azam FC had their trips to several regions in search of talent and when they came to Morogoro I showcased good displays for Moro Kids, my ability attracted them, after which I was told to prepare to come to Dar es Salaam.''
''I did all the procedures and the parents allowed me so I joined Azam FC very happier because I saw I was going to a place that will help me a lot to achieve my goals," he revealed.
The fullback said: "In fact, Azam FC's life is good because it makes me learn every hour and it also makes me better due to the infrastructure that is here.''
Despite being young, Msindo is one of the players who represented Tanzania in the African Nations Cup (AFCON) finals this year in Cameroon for the first time.
He pointed out: ''I was very happy to be called up to the senior national team, it was my long-term dream and I didn't think it would come true soon but I thank Taifa Stars' technical bench for seeing me and giving me a chance as I learned a lot and will continue to fight for the National team whenever I get a chance.
Msindo disclosed he idolizes Simba SC left fullback, Mohamed Hussein.
"He is a gifted and capable player to play as a full-back, I'm impressed with the way he plays his roles and I wish one day I could reach his level at best and surpass it,'' the defender spoke of Hussein.
Msindo also explained his ambitions and challenges facing in his journey and how he encounters them, noting: '' I thank God I have not had a bigger challenge than before and my parents forbade me to play football but now they are cool and they have given me all their blessings.''
He noted: "My goals are big, first I want to serve Azam FC well and win trophies for the side and national team and more importantly I want to play competitive football in any of the major leagues in the world especially in Europe.
So far Msindo has played in more than seven international championships with national youth teams including the 2019 FERWAFA Cup held in Rwanda, the U-17 African Nations Cup tournament twice, the UEFA Assist U-17 tournament held in Turkey, and the CECAFA U-17 Championship and CECAFA U-20 Championship twice.