1983 - 2020
A great captain who it's fair to say had many pot holes to navigate on his path to becoming an integral part of gorgie folklore.
From surviving being written off as one of the "many faceless cast of thousands" who arrived at the club during an uncertain period of it's history to proving himself to be a popular and trusted member of the squad, Marius Zaliukas would rubber stamp his Hearts legend credentials with a real leaders role in our famous 2012 Scottish Cup, scoring an extra time winner in Perth and then lifting the trophy in the final itself.
Marius was an example to everyone trying to make it in football. For years he got a hard time off fans, called a bomb-scare & not good enough. He stuck at it, worked hard & ended up Skippering the club to one of the greatest results while winning the Scottish Cup Rest easy mate
Those Lithuanians that came to Hearts were up against it from day one. All of them were brilliant in their own right. Big Zal though ended up captain against all odds. Took us to win the cup & scored winners against Hibs. He was also someone you were happy to see everyday.
Marius “Captain” I just heard this very sad news ! I don’t know what to say ! You were a bubbly captain full of life , fun and a great defender ! I enjoyed all our moments on and off the pitch ! RIP captain ! May God Strengthen your family in this very tragic time.
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