Typically employed to stop the ball landing in the back of Real Madrid’s net, Casemiro has recently turned into a goalscoring extraordinaire at the other end of the pitch.
It’s only three games into the new season but the tough tackling Brazilian is now the club’s top scorer, level with Marco Asensio on two goals.
Having already rolled home an incisive opener in the UEFA Super Cup against Manchester United, Casemiro burst forward again on Sunday night to tap in a simple finish away to Deportivo La Coruna .
The brilliance of the goal cannot be underplayed, however, given that every one of Madrid’s players touched the ball in a 44-pass play across 107 seconds, the longest successful move seen in LaLiga since 2005.
In fact, the scorching streak that the midfielder is on traces back to the start of the calendar year, as Casemiro has eight strikes to his name in 2017.
Five have arrived in the league along with the Super Cup finish and two more in the Champions League.
Arguably the best of the lot, and certainly the most important, came in Europe as Casemiro fired home a vital goal in the final against Juventus.
With the scores level just after the hour mark, it can be said that his bullet-like effort tipped the balance to such an extent that Real sealed the trophy because of it, especially as Cristiano Ronaldo made it 3-1 so soon after.
While the winger has his own museum for his impressive tally in front of the posts, perhaps Casemiro fans should be readying their own institution for Los Blancos’ latest goal hero.