Before his name soared, Marsel was a subscription to the U-16 Indonesian National Team. In October 2021, this young talent from Persebaya was included in the ranks of wonderkid the world‘s best english media version, The Guardian.
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No kidding, Marselino is in the same list with Gavi (Barcelona), Youssoufa Moukoko (Borussia Dortmund), and Luka Romero (Lazio). Marcel is the second Indonesian player to enter this list after A Maulana Vikri in 2017.
John Duerden, in writing for The Guardian, said that Marsel had excellent skills in the balance of play, control and technique. Because he stole the attention, Marsel was then called by Shin Tae-yong to take part in the U-23 National Team TC in Tajikistan in October 2021.
Marcel’s appearance in Liga 1 2021/2022 is quite charming. Against Arema FC on November 6, 2021, he with his rocket kick equalized the score 2-2. Persebaya was saved from defeat.
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Most recently, Marselino Ferdinand was the beginning of Persebaya’s victory over Madura United on November 20, 2021. Jose Wilkson’s goal was scored by Jose Wilkson through a penalty. But the penalty occurred because of Marselino’s contribution.
“When against Arema he (Marselino Ferdinand, red) can score goals. Actually that’s what I expected (scoring goals). But the goal against Madura was also because of Marselino. Indeed, Marselino managed to change the course of the match,” said Persebaya coach, Aji Santoso.
It should be observed, Marselino Ferdinand is a player who can operate in attack as a number 10 player or attacking midfielder or as a winger. He was born 17 years ago in Jakarta, precisely on September 9, 2004.