The New Makélélé
Full Name: Carlos Henrique Casimiro
Birth Date: 23 February 1992
Place of Birth: Brazil
Playing Years: 2002 to present
Football Club (Current): Real Madrid
UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season: 2016–17, 2017-18
FIFPro World XI: Third Team 2017; Fourth Team 2018
Challenges and hardships are old friends with Real Madrid’s midfielder Carlos Henrique Casimiro or simply known as Casemiro. Born in São José dos Campos, Brazil, Casemiro is proud and open about the hardships he had to endure in his childhood. Like most of the youth in his hometown, he seeked a career in football in hopes of getting his family out of poverty. He was a product of the youth program of São Paolo FC, acting as its captain in his youth career and affectionately referred to as ‘Carlão’.
Senior and International Career
On July 2013, Casemiro made it to Serie A for the first time, still, with São Paolo with a lost, however, to Santos FC.
Casemiro was loaned by Real Madrid a few times from São Paolo, placing him in the team’s La Liga matches. On June 2013, Real Madrid made his membership permanent for R$18.738 million transfer fee and a four-year contract. He was again loaned, this time, to FC Porto, competing in UEFA Champions League in 2015. He eventually went back to Real Madrid and extended his contract until 2021.
Casemiro’s move to the Spanish team made significant progress in his career. On March 2016, he kicked his first competitive goal for the Merengues, winning 2-1 at UD Las Palmas. He was also part of the team that won the 2015-16 UEFA Champions League, scoring his team’s only goal in a 1-1 draw with Atlético Madrid. During the 2016-17 La Liga, he scored four goals out of 25 appearances.
Joining Brazil’s national team in 2009, Casemiro is also part of ‘A Seleçãozinha’ squad. He had an appearance in the 2011 South American Youth Championship, and made his debut in the team on September 2011 with a 0-0 draw with Argentina. He made it to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia and played in Brazil’s 1-1 draw against Switzerland.
Casemiro as the newest Makélélé
Casemiro’s genius as Real Madrid’s midfielder had caught the attention of the legendary defensive midfielder Claude Makélélé, who also played for Real Madrid. In an interview, Makélélé admitted that he sees himself to Casemiro, taking note of the Brazilian player’s impressive quality of work.
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