Real Madrid’s Casemiro had insisted that he would never contemplate swapping the Santiago Bernabeu for Camp Nou.
The Brazilian midfielder, who struggled to make appearances in Real under Rafael Benitez, had gradually become a vital part of the team under Zinedine Zidane.
However, he recently sustained a fractured leg in Real’s 2-0 win over Espanyol on September 18. In addition to halting his progress, four consecutive draws for Madrid since then have highlighted his importance to the team.
But Casemiro insists that he would never consider a change to Real’s closest La Liga rivals.
“I’ll never play in Barcelona, because in Spain I am a Real Madrid supporter,” he said. “Real Madrid is much more than I expected. I love waking up in the morning and going to Valdebebas.”
“I love being with the players, joking, working, learning. I try to live football every day. Real Madrid is my life today.”
Casemiro, who also plays for Brazil alongside Barca’s Neymar, believes that his compatriot has what it takes to become the best player on the planet. However, he asserts that it will be his club-mate Cristiano Ronaldo who will win the prestigious Ballon d’Or award.
“Neymar’s career, there is still more to come,” Casemiro explained.
“But all the football that Cristiano Ronaldo has done over the last 10 years is to remember for a lifetime. Neymar has everything to get it, [But] Cristiano is going to win the [Ballon d’Or].”