It has been an uphill journey for Casemiro to become a first team regular at Real Madrid more than anything because he is a player that has made his name through his graft and physical qualities but they should never be under-rated.
Casemiro is a player that breaks up play, is capable of getting stuck in when necessary and unsettling the rival, and he has managed to make his own a place in a side which has won two consecutive Champions Leagues.
Real next play in the Champions League and it is on that stage where there is more passion than in LaLiga, that Casemiro has really excelled.
He is a king of the competition who has won the trophy on three occasions and these statistics speak for themselves to a Bernabeu crowd that has appreciated also his never say die attitude.
His success rate is unbeatable by even the greats of the game and he is one of the players now in Zidane’s squad who is guaranteed a place. It is a long time ago now since he was a player on the fringes and turned out in just six games, however, that victory in Lisbon may never have happened were it not for the role of Casemiro in the clash against Borussia Dortmund.
Still his role in that Champions League campaign was not enough to see him stay and he had to move to Porto and prove himself there before returning to win two more Champions Leagues.
In the first he played the full 120 minutes of the final as well being crucial against Roma, Wolfsburg and Manchester City.
Last season as well as his defensive qualities he also provided an attacking threat as well with three goals.
He became so important that Zidane barely rested him from the last 16 onwards and again in this campaign he is sure to have another significant role.