Casemiro names the three greatest players of his generation, surprises with words about Messi

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Manchester United midfielder Casemiro has included former team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo as one of the three ‘greatest’ players of his generation.

Before joining United last summer, the Brazilian midfielder spent 10 years at Real Madrid, where he played alongside some of the best players in the world.

Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, Sergio Ramos and Luka Modric were just some of Casemiro’s teammates at the Santiago Bernabeu.

He also spent the 2014/15 season on loan at Porto, with the Portuguese giants boasting the likes of Danilo, Ricardo Quaresma and a youngster Ruben Neves.

The 31-year-old has amassed 75 appearances for Brazil, playing alongside Neymar, Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Thiago Silva during that time.

And his move to United last summer saw a reunion with Raphael Varane and Ronaldo – although the latter would leave not long after the midfielder’s arrival.

But who does Casemiro think are the three greatest players of his generation?

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Alongside Ronaldo, he chose his compatriot Neymar and his former bitter rival at Barcelona, Lionel Messi.

“I had the pleasure of seeing Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar, who are the three greatest of my generation,” Casemiro said to Placar.

“Lionel Messi left his mark. You can’t deny it. He was always a rival, with Barcelona and Argentina. There was no way to escape.”

“But those who like football, like Messi. It was fun to play against him. He is a guy who needs no comment. You just have to admire it.”

“I saw Ronaldo [Nazario], I saw Zinedine Zidane, but without a doubt, these three are the best of my time.”

“I have never played against Cristiano, thank God! He gave me many titles and victories”, concluded the Brazilian star.

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