Casemiro opens up about CR7, Messi, and praises Mbappé’s potential

Brazilian midfielder believes that former teammate Cristiano Ronaldo is underrated in the football world
Josué Seixas
2024-04-21 18:14:53

Brazilian midfielder Casemiro, currently at Manchester United and former player of Real Madrid, gave an interview to the program El Chiringuito de Jugones, in which he addressed various topics related to world football.

The player spoke about the eternal rivalry between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, as well as praising the Frenchman Kylian Mbappé, who is expected to transfer to Real Madrid next season.


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“We lived incredible moments with these players and we didn’t realize what Lionel Messi did, what Cristiano Ronaldo did. We don’t value much what Cristiano did in football and what he is still doing. He scored 50 goals at 37 or 38 years old. What can you say about a player like that? We have to appreciate and value that,” said Casemiro.

The midfielder also emphasized Cristiano Ronaldo’s consistency at a high level, even when he is not at his best. “A player who scores 50 goals a year… He’s playing at an 8 level and scoring 50 goals. A player who scores 50 goals a year…” he added.

The Brazilian highlighted Mbappé’s speed, intelligence, and finishing ability, stating that the Frenchman has a goal-scoring instinct similar to Cristiano Ronaldo.

“For me, Mbappé is one of the best of today, if not the best. Very fast, intelligent… He reminds me a lot of Cristiano. He’s on the field, but he runs the risk of scoring. Cristiano was like that, he smelled the goal. Against Barcelona, the next day, he didn’t have a good game, he finishes and comes out with two goals. You can feel it on the pitch,” praised Casemiro.

Zagallo documentary

Sambafoot Series has launched a new documentary about the football legend Zagallo. Known as ‘Velho Lobo’ and as superstitious as it gets, Zagallo helped shape what Brazilian football is nowadays – as a player and as a coach. The first and second episodes is available in Sambafoot’s Youtube channel and the series will receive weekly releases to tell this legend’s life story.