This article forms part of our Profit Players feature series, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how well a player has fared since being signed or sold, using statistical figures and statements from pundits to prove how good of a deal the club managed to achieve.
Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro has established himself as a regular fixture in Los Blancos’ starting XI in recent seasons. The Brazilian, who joined the Spanish club from Sao Paulo for just £5.1m (per Sky Sports) back in 2013, is now valued at £54m by Transfermarkt – multiplying his original worth by ten.
The 27-year-old has made over 200 appearances for Real, scoring 20 goals while laying off a further 14 assists for the La Liga titans (via Transfermarkt). He was an integral member of the squad which did the double back in 2016-17, scoring six goals in 34 appearances in both La Liga and the Champions League as Madrid won both competitions.
Casemiro has also won the Copa de Rey with the club back in 2013-14, three more Champions League titles and three FIFA Club World Cups with Los Blancos during his six seasons at the Bernabeu (via Transfermarkt).
Indeed, back in 2017, Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets labelled Casemiro as “one of the best defensive midfielders in the world”.
In a recent list compiled by Pundit Feed, the former Porto man was included as the fifth-best defensive midfielder in the world – not bad for a player who cost Madrid just over £5m back in 2013. Given that he’s helped the side win three Champions League titles on the spin in recent memory, the initial fee shelled out on him looks like a genuine bargain. Indeed, his defensive presence to keep the side balanced in midfield has seen him draw comparisons to Claude Makelele amid so much success.
This season, the Brazilian has started all 12 of Real’s matches in La Liga and Europe, scoring a goal in each competition. He is a pivotal member of Zidane’s project at the Bernabeu, and signifies a fantastic bit of business carried out by the club six years ago.
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