Casemiro has named the top three ‘greatest’ players of his generation

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

Prior to joining United last summer, the Brazil international midfielder spent 10 years at Real Madrid, where he played alongside some of the world’s top players.

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

He also spent the 2014/15 season on loan at Porto, with the Portuguese giants having the likes of Danilo, Ricardo Quaresma and a young Ruben Neves on their books at that time.

Internationally, the 31-year-old has collected 75 caps for Brazil, playing alongside Neymar, Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Thiago Silva.

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

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

Alongside Ronaldo, he picked international team-mate Neymar and his former fierce rival at Barcelona, Lionel Messi.

In an interview with Brazilian magazinePlacarearlier this year, he explained his picks: “”I had the pleasure of seeing Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar, who are the three greatest of my generation.

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

“But those who like football, like Messi. It was a pleasure playing against him. He is a guy who does not need comment. You just have to admire him.

Casemiro and Lionel Messi battle for the ball (Credit: Getty)

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

“I never played against Cristiano, thank God! He gave me many titles and victories.”

According to reports, Casemiro’s worst fear could come true by the end of the current campaign.

90minclaim that Saudi Pro League clubs are interested in signing the Brazilian in January – and he would be facing Ronaldo should he join a club other than Al Nassr.

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