Pepsi began the year by naming Barcelona living legend Lionel Messi and Real Madrid midfield maestro Toni Kroos as the first members of an all-star squad of players.
Marcelo, who first joined Real Madrid in 2007 as a teenager, has shared a video via his official Facebook page paying tribute to his grandfather as a constant source of support and inspiration on his journey into professional football.
“Football and family are two halves of my soul,” Marcelo said.
“My grandfather Pedro: my hero. Through him I fell in love with the game. Through his sacrifice, I learnt patience, to hold onto my dreams and never give up. Because, one day, young Marcelo, you’ll make it. The dream came true.”
For Lloyd, who temporarily moved to Europe in 2017 to fulfil a dream of playing in the Women’s Champions League, a defining moment in her glittering career came when she was dropped from the USA Under-21 team. Instead of killing her desire to reach the top, it spurred her on.
“You’re not ready, they said. At the Under-21 level came rejection, but the road to the top is never easy,” Lloyd recalled. “I had to show my true colours – my physical and mental determination. But we all need the support of others, that’s what makes a team so strong.
“My resolve was tested, but we worked through it together and the rest, as they say, is history.”
PepsiCo is an official partner of the UEFA Champions League, with more to come from Pepsi throughout the year. Watch this space, #LoveItLiveIt