“We have always been blessed with incredible football talents in Chile. Although I never met Marcelo Salas and Ivan Zamorano, my parents did, and I was named after them. I was born a year after they mesmerised opponents at the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France and my long-term ambition is to represent my country on the biggest stage someday,” Marcelo stated.
Allende made his debut for the Chile national team on 11 December 2021 in a 1–0 win over El Salvador. Although the two-time Copa American champions will not be in Qatar, the Sundowns attacker recalled his fondest World Cup memory.
“Scoring a goal in my first-ever match for the club was such a great feeling. The goal helped to settle my nerves and to give everyone a glimpse of what to expect while I am here. Not only was I happy to get onto the score sheet, I was very excited that we got all three points at the end of the match. I am looking to give my best to help Mamelodi Sundowns extend its dominance in South African football, as well as conquer the African continent and beyond,” Marcelo indicated.