Casemiro or Joshua Kimmich? Who is the better player?

The players who play in the centre defensive positions are finally getting the recognition they deserve. Earlier these players were not considered valuable assets to the team as they do not exactly contribute to scoring goals or assists. The responsibilities of a CDM are much bigger than that of an attacking midfielder. The player needs to cover more ground helping both the attack and defence at the same time which makes their job very difficult. 

In recent times we have been blessed by some of the best centre-defensive midfielders such as Ngolo Kante, Casemiro, Busquests, Fernandinho and others. The best part about them is that they all are unique and possess different skills. 

Two such great defensive midfielders are Casemiro of Manchester United and Joshua Kimmich from FC Bayern Munich. Both of them have accomplished a lot of titles and glory in their careers. It would also be true to say that without them it would not have been possible for their teams to achieve what they did with them. The best players often fight for supremacy and in their case, it is the same as they both are very much close to each other in most of the stats.

Casemiro Vs Joshua Kimmich

1: Player Stats

Casemiro secured his place among the best after his remarkable performance for Real Madrid where he won the club La Liga titles and many Champions Leagues which is unique in itself. The player combined well with Luka Modric and Toni Kroos who were the most unbreakable midfield trio of this generation. Unfortunately, the Brazilian moved to the Premier League marking the end of this great trio. During his time in Madrid, he scored some of the most beautiful goals and assists that helped the team in crucial moments.

Joshua Kimmich is a gem for FC Bayern Munich as he is the most versatile player on the team. It can also be said he is the perfect replacement for the Bayern Munich legend Philip Lahm. Back in 2015, Kimmich moved to Bayern and after that everything has been magical. He is aggressive, strong, quick, a playmaker, motivated and has great ball control. It is very rare to have a player with all those traits and that is what makes him one of the best centre-defensive midfielders of this era.

Comparing Casemiro and Kimmich from the stats of the 2020/21 season as they both had their best seasons in their respective leagues that year.


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Tackle Success %68%48%

Kimmich might have more goals and assists than Casemiro but he is much behind him in terms of defensive stats. If you compare the successful tackles of Casemiro over the last few years he has managed to keep it above 61% while Kimmich has had different stats every year. One more thing that we need to note here is that Kimmich played fewer matches compared to Casemiro in 2020/21.

As things stand in this category Casemiro wins by a thin margin.

2: Titles Won

Any player who is linked with Bayern Munich in recent years automatically has a lot of titles under his belt. The competition for Bayern is very poor in the Bundesliga as their team is very strong and financial well equipped compared to others. Kimmich also benefited from this and he has lifted 19 titles with this club over the years.

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The Brazilian Casemiro has been blessed to win some of the biggest titles in his career that many players can only imagine. The Real Madrid team have been very lucky in the past few years as they keep their title of the club of the century very well. The shocking thing here is that they both have won the same number of trophies in their careers till now. Casemiro has also won 19 titles in his career. 

Champions League51
La Liga3N/A
Spanish Super Cup3N/A
German Super CupN/A6
UEFA SuperCup31

Casemiro has won more Champions League titles than many clubs out there which is a massive achievement. In this category, Casemiro is the winner.

3: International Career

At 19, Casemiro made his debut for the Brazil senior team on 14th September 2011, against Argentina. The player was selected in Brazil’s playing XI for the FIFA World Cup in Russia, in 2018. With a 93% successful pass rate, he was instrumental in helping his team reach the quarter-finals, where they lost to Belgium (1-2). He was in the playing XI of Brazil’s 3-1 win over Peru in the 2019 Copa América Final.

On 17th May 2016, Kimmich began his career in Germany’s preliminary squad for UEFA Euro 2016. Kimmich scored his first goal for the German national team in a 3-0 win over Norway during the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. On 17th May 2017, Kimmich was included in the Germany squad for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup. Germany won its first Confederations Cup title with the help of Kimmich’s two assists. He was selected and played for Germany in the 2018 World Cup. He has scored 3 goals in 64 appearances till now for Germany.

The upcoming World Cup will be a big game changer for both these players as the race for dominance will be over if any one of them wins the WC for their country.

4: Personal Life

Casemiro is a simple man who loves to stop attacks and when he is not stopping attacks on the pitch he loves to watch movies, spend time with family and ride horses. One more thing that Casemiro likes is playing CS: GO, he has also launched his team CaseEsports which includes 5 very talented players.

The story of Joshua Kimmich is very inspiring as he comes from a place where it was even difficult to make it to Bayern Munich. The player is exceptionally talented and has been rewarded for his talents dearly. The main thing in the life of Kimmich is football. He is a married man who also loves to watch movies and listen to music. It is pretty much the hobby of a common man coming from a man who has achieved the dreams of millions.

5: Individual Honours

It is suggested by all the pundits of English football that the best way to compare two players is to compare their glories. If a player is genuinely good then he will surely be rewarded for his performance.

Individual Honours Of Casemiro:

UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season: 2016–17, 2017–18
UEFA La Liga Team of the Season: 2019–20
IFFHS CONMEBOL Team of the Decade 2011–2020
Copa América Team of the Tournament: 2021


Individual Honours Of Joshua Kimmich:

UEFA European Championship Team of the Tournament: 2016
UEFA Champions League Breakthrough XI: 2016
German national Player of the Year: 2017, 2021
UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season: 2017–18, 2019–20
UEFA Champions League Defender of the Season: 2019–20
UEFA Team of the Year: 2020
FIFA FIFPro World11: 2020
FIFA Club World Cup Bronze Ball: 2020
ESM Team of the Year: 2018–19
Bundesliga Team of the Season: 2017–18, 2018–19, 2019–20, 2020–21, 2021–22
kicker Bundesliga Team of the Season: 2018–19, 2019–20
IFFHS Men’s World Team: 2020

It is clear that Kimmich has won much more titles with his name on them. Kimmich is much ahead of Casemiro in this category.

Conlusion: Casemiro or Kimmich

Kimmich possesses skills and talent which help him in breaking between the lines and making beautiful passes throughout the match. Kimmich is the most versatile player of this era. He can play as a central midfielder, a right or left full-back and even on the wings as an attacking winger. All these things make him the best CDM of 2022. On the other hand, Casemiro has led a career that is bigger than Kimmich and has now made a bold move to the Premier League at the age of 30. 

If we compare the two players based on the careers they have had it is not too difficult to point out based on the above comparison that Casemiro is the winner. However, it is highly possible that this can change very soon as Kimmich is 3 years younger than Casemiro. There is a lot Kimmich and Bayern Munich can win in 3 years.

What is the net worth of Joshua Kimmich in 2022?

The net worth of Joshua Kimmich is around €50M in 2022.

What is the net worth of Casemiro?

The net worth of Manchester United player Casemiro in 2022 is around €70M. 

What is the market value of Casemiro and Kimmich?

The player market value of Casemiro of Manchester United is €40M and the market value of Kimmich of FC Bayern is €80M.

How much does Kimmich earn in Bayern Munich?

The German player Joshua Kimmich earns £296,000 per week and has a contract till 2025 with Bayern Munich.

How much does Casemiro earn in Manchester United?

The Manchester United player Casemiiro earns  £350,000 and 18.2M per year.

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