MARCELO has revealed that he suffered an anxiety attack before the 2018 Champions League final against Liverpool.

The Brazilian claimed he “couldn’t breathe” ahead of Real Madrid’s 3-1 win over Jurgen Klopp’s side in Kiev.

 Marcelo struggled with his anxiety before Real Madrid's 3-1 win


Marcelo struggled with his anxiety before Real Madrid’s 3-1 winCredit: Getty – Contributor

Despite previously winning three Champions League trophies, the defender was feeling the pressure ahead of kick-off.

He told the Players’ Tribune: “I couldn’t breathe. I was trying not to panic.

“This was in the dressing room right before the Champions League final against Liverpool in 2018.

“It felt like I had something stuck in my chest. This huge pressure.

“Do you know that feeling? I am not talking about nerves. Nerves are normal in football. This was something different.

“I am telling you, brother, it felt like I was suffocating.”

Madrid went on to win the match 3-1 after two goals from Gareth Bale followed Karim Benzema’s opener.

But Marcelo admitted it was the most intense he had felt before a game.

The 31-year-old added: “I don’t care who you are. You’re just trying not to s*** your pants. It’s the truth, brother!

“For me, the pressure was the most intense before the Liverpool final. Maybe people will think that’s strange.

“We had already won two trophies in a row. Everybody on the outside wanted Liverpool to win. So what’s the problem?

“Well, when you have a chance to make history you feel that weight.

“But for some reason, I was feeling it. I had never had such intense anxiety before, so I didn’t know what was happening.

“I thought about calling for the doctor, but I was worried that he wouldn’t let me play. And I had to play, 100 per cent. I had to prove something to myself.”

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Real Madrid won the final 3-1 after a masterclass from Gareth BaleCredit: Getty Images – Getty
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