- Brazil international Casemiro has become the newest player to sign for Manchester United from Real Madrid
- For the past five years, Casemiro has made the most tackles than any other footballer in the world
- Using data, Sports Brief analyses the players who have made the most tackles during the same period in Europe's top five leagues
Carlos Henrique Casimiro, popularly known as Casemiro, is officially a Manchester United player.
The Brazilian international’s move to England was confirmed on Friday, August 19 as the Red Devils paid an initial fee of £60million plus a further £10m in potential add-ons to Real Madrid.
Casemiro is regarded as one of the best defensive midfielders in the world.
Sports Brief takes a look at the players who have made the most tackles in the last five years in Europe's top five leagues, using data from Squawka.
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Allan (Napoli, Everton)
Everton signed the Brazilian from Napoli in 2020 after they transferred Idrissa Gueye to PSG a year before.
The 31-year-old produced a lot of tough-tackling displays for both Napoli and Everton, and has managed to outdo his predecessor at Goodison Park, making 11 more tackles than Gueye since the start of the 2017-18 season.
Sergio Busquets (Barcelona)
Arguably, Busquets is regarded as one of the most technically gifted midfielders the game has ever seen.
The La Masia product's awareness and anticipation of opponent's play is top notch. His deadly weapon is his ability to to steal the ball from the opposition elegantly.
He normally steals the ball so easy with the nonchalant manner in which he went about things.
Having make 519 tackles since 2017, Busquets' composure on the ball and, short and simple passes will always be appreciated.
Benjamin Andre (Rennes, Lille)
Andre has spent the last three seasons with Lille, having joined the Mastiffs from fellow Ligue 1 contenders Stade Rennes.
The incredibly strong and tough-tackling midfielder helped Lille to win 2020/21 French title from PSG as he recorded 3.5 tackles per 90 minutes.
For the past five years, the Frenchman has a total of 584 tackles in league and European games to his name.
The Super Eagles superstar has established himself as one of the hard tacklers in Europe since he broke into the scene.
The 25-year-old joined Leicester City from Genk in 2017 for a fee reported to be around £17 million.
Ndidi showcased his positional awareness and anticipation of opponent's play and was ranked top four for tackles in each of his first four seasons in the Premier League.
The Lagos-born midfielder is currently second on the list of players with the most tackles with 587 tackles, despite struggling with injury problems in the 2021-22 season.
Casemiro's main attribute as a midfielder is his tackles. The Brazilian is also well appreciated for his marking, interceptions, great stamina and strength.
He joined Real Madrid from Sao Paulo in 2013 but for the past eight years, the 30-year-old has covered the base of Real Madrid’s midfield, protecting the back four while allowing Luka Modric and Toni Kroos to shine.
He has 589 tackles to his name since 2017. Remember his perfectly timed challenge on referee Alejandro Hernandez? That tops all for us!