Casemiro is a Brazilian footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder for Premier League club Manchester United and the Brazil national team. Known for his tenacious tackling, tireless running, and ability to break up opposition attacks, Casemiro is regarded as one of the best defensive midfielders in the world.
Some key facts about Casemiro:
- Full Name: Carlos Henrique Casimiro
- Date of Birth: 23 February 1992 (age 31 years)
- Place of Birth: São José dos Campos, Brazil
- Height: 1.84 m (6 ft 1 in)
- Playing Position: Defensive midfielder
- Current Club: Manchester United
- National Team: Brazil (Debut: 2014)
Early Life and Background
Casemiro was born in São José dos Campos in the state of São Paulo, Brazil. He began playing football at an early age, joining São Paulo’s youth system when he was just 12 years old.
Casemiro comes from a humble background. His parents worked multiple jobs to support the family. As a child, he helped the family by working as a bus conductor on the weekends. Despite the family’s financial constraints, they made sure Casemiro had opportunities to develop as a footballer.
Casemiro joined the senior team of São Paulo in 2010 when he was 18 years old. He made over 50 appearances for them across three seasons. This strong start to his career earned him a transfer to Real Madrid Castilla (the reserve team) in 2013.
After just one season with Castilla, Casemiro was promoted to the first team of Real Madrid. However, struggling for playing time, he was loaned out to Portuguese club FC Porto in 2014. There, Casemiro established himself as a tenacious defensive midfielder and key player for Porto.
Success and Achievements with Real Madrid
Casemiro returned to Real Madrid in 2015 and became a regular starter, winning several major honours:
- 5 UEFA Champions League titles: 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18, 2020–21, 2021–22
- 3 La Liga titles: 2016–17, 2019–20, 2021–22
- 1 Copa del Rey: 2013–14
- 3 UEFA Super Cups: 2016, 2017, 2022
- 3 FIFA Club World Cups: 2016, 2017, 2018
Known for his tough tackling and work rate, Casemiro formed an excellent midfield partnership with Luka Modrić and Toni Kroos. He made over 300 appearances for Real Madrid, anchoring the midfield that helped the club enjoy great success in the mid to late 2010s.
Manchester United and Brazil National Team
In August 2022, Manchester United signed Casemiro for a reported £60 million transfer fee. He joined compatriot Antony in moving to Old Trafford as the club began rebuilding under new manager Erik ten Hag.
For Brazil’s national team, Casemiro made his debut in 2014 in a friendly against Colombia. Since 2018, he has been a regular starter for Brazil, playing at two Copa América tournaments and the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Casemiro has won 49 caps for Brazil so far.
Net Worth, Endorsements and Sponsorships
According to multiple reports, Casemiro’s current net worth is approximately $35 million. As one of the top defensive midfielders in the world, he has earned significant income through his playing contracts and endorsement deals.
Some of the major sponsorship deals Casemiro has signed over his career include:
- Nike: He has a boot sponsorship deal with Nike.
- McDonald’s: Casemiro featured in McDonald’s 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign.
- AMBEV: Alcohol brand AMBEV named Casemiro their global ambassador in 2022.
With his recent big-money move to Manchester United, Casemiro’s net worth and future endorsement potential are expected to rise significantly. United are reported to have doubled his wages to around £350,000 per week.
Casemiro’s Playing Style and Strengths
The foundation of Casemiro’s game is his brilliant defensive ability. He has perfected the art of tactical fouling and reading the game to intercept passes. Casemiro makes over 2 tackles per 90 minutes on average.
His tough tackling and willingness to cover every blade of grass gives his teams defensive stability. Casemiro patrols in front of the back four, breaking up opposition moves with his positioning, aggression and decision making.
Distribution and Offensive Contribution
While defense is his priority, Casemiro has also developed into an excellent distributor of the ball. After winning back possession, he looks to play accurate forward passes to kickstart attacks.
Casemiro averages around 60 passes per 90 minutes with an 85% completion rate. He keeps the ball moving quickly with short, simple passes, maintaining pressure on opponents. Casemiro also poses an aerial threat, using his 6-foot-1 frame to attack set pieces in the box.
Stamina, Work Rate and Leadership
Casemiro’s incredible stamina stands out immediately when watching him play. He covers a huge amount of ground every game, supporting his teammates all over the pitch.
This tireless work rate reflects Casemiro’s leadership qualities. He organizes teammates, encourages pressing and leads vocally through his relentless effort.
Back in his defensive midfield role, Casemiro’s boundless energy and drive make him incredibly difficult to get past or escape from. He has registered over 350 senior career appearances despite being only 31 – testament to his fitness levels.
Personal Life: Family, Relationships and Other Off-Pitch Pursuits
Casemiro married his long-time girlfriend Anna Mariana in 2015. They had known each other since school days in São José dos Campos. The couple now have two children – Sara, born in 2015, and Caio, born in 2017.
In interviews, Casemiro has spoken warmly about his family being his great supporters off the pitch. Despite leaving Brazil early in his career, Casemiro remains very close with his parents and sister as well. Football talent clearly runs in the genes – his brother Francisco is also a defensive midfielder playing in Brazil.
Charity and Causes
The Casemiro family runs an active charity foundation – the Casemiro Gol Foundation. It funds cancer treatment for underprivileged children in Brazil.
In 2021, Casemiro also donated all the food packages he received from his sponsorship deals to charities supporting families struggling with COVID-19 impacts in Brazil. This reflected his desire to give back and help causes in his home country.
Outside of football, Casemiro avoids excessive partying and is known as a quiet, family-oriented person. He prefers video gaming, watching TV series and relaxing with friends in his free time.
Frequently Asked Questions About Casemiro
What is Casemiro’s playing style?
Casemiro is a prototypical defensive midfielder, combining brilliant tackling ability with tireless work rate to break up opposition attacks. He patrols in front of the backline, using his awareness and stamina to disrupt the other team’s moves.
Though defense comes first, Casemiro is also an excellent distributor, keeping possession moving with short, simple passes after winning back the ball. He poses a threat from set pieces too using his frame and power.
Why did Real Madrid sell Casemiro to Manchester United?
Real Madrid’s decision to sell Casemiro in summer 2022 came as a surprise. However, with his best years likely behind him and huge transfer fee offered, it made some sense from the club’s perspective to cash in while his value was high.
Real also have excellent young midfield prospects like Aurélien Tchouaméni and Eduardo Camavinga emerging as Casemiro successors in defensive midfield.
What trophies has Casemiro won in his career?
In his phenomenally successful career so far, Casemiro has won:
- 5 UEFA Champions League titles
- 3 La Liga titles
- 1 Copa del Rey
- 3 UEFA Super Cups
- 3 FIFA Club World Cups
This includes winning 3 successive Champions League titles from 2016-2018 with Real Madrid.
Domestically, Casemiro won 2 La Ligas and other cup competitions with Real. Internationally, he was also part of the Brazil squad that won the 2019 Copa América on home soil.
Why does Casemiro get so many yellow cards?
Casemiro has built a reputation for being booked regularly due to his extremely combative playing style. Rather than rash tackling though, he deliberately commits tactical fouls to break up dangerous opposition moves.
While this does lead to quite a few yellow cards, for defensive midfielders like Casemiro, these calculated fouls are often necessary to stop goals, making them worth it from the team’s perspective. But such fouling does mean he walks a suspension tightrope at all times.