Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro has been named La Liga Player of the month for November by popular football statistics site Whoscored.com. In a difficult month for Los Blancos, the Brazilian has outshone his peers and maintained a high level of performance. He’s one of a few players to look the part of late and the stats back that up.
Casemiro’s Whoscored.com rating of 8.2 helped him to win the accolade ahead of Real Sociedad’s Adnan Januzaj (8.0) and Valencia’s Dani Parejo (7.9). Sergio Ramos was the only other Real Madrid player to make the XI with a rating of 7.6. Perhaps it’s telling that Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema are not in the team of the month.
A defensive midfielder by trade, Casemiro is notorious for breaking up opposition moves but he’s made good use of the ball when in possession too. He bagged a goal in each of the wins over Las Palmas and Malaga while turning in a man of the match performance away to Atletico Madrid. The 25-year-old also made 15 successful tackles, 6 interceptions, won 10 aerial duels and completed 15 accurate long-ball passes.
Carlos Henrique Casimiro was born on 23rd February 1992 in São José dos Campos, Brazil. He joined São Paulo as a youth player and went on to score 11 goals in 112 official games for the club. He initially came to Real Madrid on loan before securing a permanent move and then subsequently being loaned out to Porto.
He rarely featured under Rafa Benitez but has played a leading role under Zinedine Zidane and was part of the Real Madrid squad that won three Champions Leagues, from 2013–14 to 2016–17. In his mid twenties, Casemiro appears to be coming of age and could be a force in the Real Madrid midfield for years to come.