NEWS | 15/11/2016"It has flown by, but it has been marvellous”, stated the Brazilian.
"I was very young when I came here and I was a bit apprehensive at the start, but it has been incredible. Everyone has treated me really well and I was given a warm welcome by everyone at the training ground. These 10 years have flown by, but they've been marvellous".
Twelve titles as a madridista
"I came to the club wanting to win titles and to make the Real Madrid starting XI. I've managed to do that, although when you come to Real Madrid you learn to fight in every game you play. I've won a few titles and hope to win many more".
One of the club's leading foreign appearance makers
"It's a source of immense pride to be up there with the appearances of Roberto Carlos and Alfredo Di Stéfano. As you know, Roberto Carlos is my idol and to be close to your idol in any profession is priceless. Nearing Di Stéfano's appearances total was also special, but I'm taking things game by game and am just trying to win all the silverware I can".
One unforgettable moment
"There have been a few of them: when I joined, when I made my debut, when I scored my first goal… Although, the moment which left me speechless for a week was the Décima. It had been a long time since Real Madrid had won the European Cup and the referee blowing the full-time whistle was an unforgettable moment".
"Scoring for Real Madrid is special, but to do so in two Champions League finals (he netted in Lisbon and again in the penalty shoot-out in Milan) and then going on to lift the titles is priceless. Whenever I watch those two games back it always makes my hairs stand on end. My family are also moved when they watch them and it's something that will remain with me for the rest of my days".
Debut at Riazor
"It was my first game and I came on in the second half. I remember it as if it were yesterday and it was one of the most special days I've had since I've been at the club. I warmed up with Ronaldo Nazario and we came on together. It was amazing, although it wasn't perfect because we lost the game. Nevertheless, I had made by debut for Real Madrid, the club of my dreams".
"More than being a source of pride, it's a responsibility. It involves teaching the younger lads and setting an example. I try to give my all in each and every game and training session to learn from my teammates and teach the youngsters things".
Just another youth-team graduate
"I always say that because usually an 18-year-old is playing for Castilla, but I was turning out for the first team. This club has taught me a lot, to appreciate the fans and the people that are in need, because this club helps a lot of people. Everywhere you go, you realise that this club isn't just a great one because of what it does on the field, but also because of the ways in which it helps people".
"When I joined I was given the choice between number 12, 16 or 20. I eventually opted for number 12 because it was the day I was born - 12 May - and since then it has been my number and I don't intend on changing it".
Message to the fans
"We'll give our all every season and in each game and we'll be fighting for every title going. We'll do so with real joy and by putting in the hard work in training to go into the games in top shape. With your support I'm sure that we'll go on to win a lot more silverware".