With Real 2-0 up against Eibar, Marcelo netted Los Blancos’ third goal and celebrated by kneeling and raising his fist.
Both actions echoed those of past athletes’ protests.
And by raising his fist Marcelo also paid homage to a symbol of black protest and liberation. Notably, Olympic medal winners John Carlos and Tommie Smith raised their fists on the podium at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City during the US national anthem.
La Liga title race
With the Bernabeu stadium being renovated, the club are playing the remainder of their home games at the Estadio Alfredo di Stefano, a 6,000-seater located at Real’s training ground.