Marcelo took a knee after scoring in Sunday’s 3-1 victory over Eibar in Real Madrid and lifted his fist.
“Happy to be back with Real Madrid!” Marceloon Instagram alongside a picture of him kneeling. “Happy to have scored a goal!
“But even happier to see all the CHANGES in the world! Now it’s time. We must use the power we have and start making real CHANGES.”
LaLiga returned for the first time since last week’s coronavirus-enforced break and Marcelo dropped to his knee after scoring his team’s third goal in Madrid’s 3-1 win on Sunday and raised his right fist.
He has even urged others to use their platforms to instigate change following his goal against Eibar, after taking a knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Marcelo also used lyrics from 2Pac’s song ‘Changes’ when expressing his celebration while revealing his joy at being back active.
Marcelo then quoted 2Pac: “We can never go nowhere unless we share with each other. We gotta start makin’ changes.
“Learn to see me as a brother instead of two distant strangers. And that’s how it’s supposed to be…
“I’d love to go back to when we played as kids but things change, and that’s the way it is…”
Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick first popularized the idea of taking a knee in 2016, when the NFL player protested racial injustice and police brutality in the US.
Kneeling became alL the more prevalent at last month’s protests against racism, which followed George Floyd’s death in police custody in Minneapolis.
Players from Borussia Dortmund and Hertha Berlin both kneeled ahead of their Bundesliga fixture earlier this month, a week after Borussia Monchengladbach’s forward Marcus Thuram knelt after his score against Union Berlin.