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Casemiro is a Brazilian footballer who is primarily known for his exploits with Spanish giants Real Madrid. Despite starting his career in his home country of Brazil, Casemiro has played at the senior level in Brazil only for a couple of years before making the switch to Madrid. A defensive midfielder, Casemiro is also a Brazilian international with 48 appearances to his name since he made his debut in 2011.
Casemiro takes a hard line approach to defence and he is quite physical when it comes to the style of challenges. The breakup provided by Casemiro has been influential for Madrid and he also has a substantial physical presence in a league that is not known for this attribute.
After coming through the youth ranks at São Paulo, Casemiro was showing up a lot in the transfer news and gossip columns even when he was trying to break into the senior team. Some of his accolades as a young footballer came when he was called up for the 2009 U17 World Cup.
After the switch to Madrid, Casemiro’s initial opportunities were limited to the B team. His La Liga debut came in April 2013 after having made the switch to Madrid in January. Yet, Casemiro was sent out on loan to Porto so that he could gain some experience. This move turned out to be crucial for the midfielder, who was able to come to grips with the pace of the game in Europe. Casemiro was now ready for a return to Madrid and this came about in the summer of 2015.
Former Madrid boss Rafael Benitez was not a huge fan of Casemiro, who had to sit out of first-team for most of Benitez’ regime. Things, however, changed once Zinedine Zidane stepped into the dugout. Zidane regards Casemiro as a crucial part of Madrid’s setup.
Casemiro Transfers and Rumours
From São Paulo to Real Madrid for £5.4 million in 2013
Casemiro came through the ranks at São Paulo before going on to make his debut for the team in 2010. He played for the Brazilian outfit only for three years before being made as one of the key transfer targets for Real Madrid, who did not take him on a permanent deal. Casemiro was loaned out to the B team before being introduced to the first team.
Even after making his presence felt in the Real Madrid first-team, a young Casemiro was always going to need a lot of time to become an established member of the squad. The Spanish club decided to enhance Casemiro’s experience of European football by loaning him to Portuguese outfit FC Porto in 2014. The Brazilian spent one season with the Portuguese outfit before coming back to the Santiago Bernabeu.
Over the years, many clubs have shown interest in Casemiro, who has a lot of positive attributes for someone who plays in the defensive midfield positions. There were transfer rumours of French outfit PSG making an offer for Casemiro in 2018. However, the offer from Paris St Germain never materialised into a serious deal.