There is plenty of time for Neymar to catch up to Cristiano Ronaldo in terms of accolades and ability, according to Casemiro, who states that it will take the Barcelona star years to match his Real Madrid rival.
Still only 24 years old, Neymar can boast a number of honours as part of the Brazil Olympic and Blaugrana treble-winning side, but is yet to seriously challenge for the Ballon d’Or.
“Neymar is a few years behind Ronaldo,” Casemiro told Onda Cero. “What Ronaldo’s done over the past decade is impressive and he’ll win this year’s Ballon d’Or for sure.
“I don’t see Neymar as an opponent or an enemy, but as a partner.”
In reference to his own game, the tough-tackling midfielder finds himself in the midst of Madrid’s injury crisis and won’t feature again for some time.
“I’m working to return as soon as possible,” Casemiro added. “But it’s complicated and we’ve had bad luck with injuries.
“Real don’t change their game if I’m unavailable, the other day for example [Toni] Kroos slotted into my position without any problems. Even though his characteristics are different from mine, the way the team plays doesn’t alter.”
Currently joining the Brazilian in the treatment room are fellow key players Sergio Ramos, Luka Modric with Madrid facing Real Betis on the weekend.