In an interview with MARCA, Brazilian legend Cafu — arguably the greatest right-back in the history of football — spoke about his thoughts on Dani Carvajal, Rodrygo Goes, Casemiro, Vinicius Jr, and more.
When asked about Vinicius’s place in the Brazilian National Team, Cafu said: “We still do not know if he will go, but if he continues this evolution, I think he will be an important player in the Brazilian National Team within a year. He has grown a lot in recent months and has a much more important role than he had at Real Madrid. He has matured a lot.
On Vinicius’s winger counterpart, Rodrygo, Cafu stated: “That of a player who is not a starter but who, when he plays, almost always does it well. I think he deserves more continuity because he always makes a difference. Actually, in Brazil there are many outstanding young people right now. Rodrygo and Vinicius are two of the main ones.”
Cafu was also asked about Casemiro, and whether or not he’s suffering from burnout.
“I see all the tired players, not just him [laughs],” Cafu says. “Casemiro is 29 years old now, but don’t forget that I played until 36. I don’t think there are problems with that. For everyone, the international calendar is being exhausting. The sequence of matches is very large and the players have no rest or recovery. And Casemiro is an example, because of how important he is in Madrid and in the National Team.
Cafu was finally asked who he thinks is the best right-back in the world, and while he didn’t say it was Carvajal outright, he had good things to say about the Spaniard.
“I really like Achraf, from PSG, and Carvajal.” Cafu says. “Dani seems very good to me”
“(Carvajal) has personality,” Cafu continued. “He is always at the forefront of attack, he defends very well, he attacks very well and, then, he is a boy who, taking away from this last period of injuries, has always maintained a regularity.”