Top 5 Real Madrid players of 2017
2017 will probably go down as the best year in the history of Real Madrid. Apart from winning five trophies in the calendar year, Los Blancos also clinched a European Cup double after 59 years.
However, 2017 hasn't exactly been memorable considering the club's unexpected downfall since September. The Spanish giants are currently sitting fourth in the league, making desperate attempts to up the ante in order to avoid a trophy-less 2017-18 season.
In a year that gifted a fair share of ups and downs for the club, let's have a look at the five players who have shined the brightest in the 23-man squad.
Since Zinedine Zidane's appointment as Real Madrid coach, Casemiro has revelled as the bedrock of the Los Blancos. But, the Brazilian is always overlooked due to the star attackers he plays with.
Though he has made a fair share of mistakes this season, his shielding presence has allowed the likes of Modric and Kroos to concentrate more on attacks. Also, the Brazilian brings defensive stability to Los Merengues while offering help as an attacker in times of need.
According to WhoScored.com, Casemiro is the second-best performer for Real Madrid right now with a 7.54 rating, behind Cristiano Ronaldo. Further, the likes of Fernandinho and Sergio Busquets have hailed him as one of the best defensive midfielders in the world at the moment.