The now former goalkeeper, 39, announced that he is leaving the professional activity. Real Madrid made a dedication on social networks.
The end of an era has come. One of the best goalkeepers in football history hangs up his gloves. Iker Casillas issued an official statement on Tuesday to announce that he is leaving professional soccer permanently after not having played in the last year in Porto after suffering a myocardial infarction in May 2019.
“The important thing is the path you travel and the people who accompany you, not the destination that it takes you, because that, with work and effort, comes alone and I think I can say, without hesitation, that it has been the path and the destination dreamed, “wrote the now-39-year-old former footballer in a long letter of thanks to fans of Real Madrid, Porto and the Spanish selection.
In the last year, the one born in Móstoles had continued to be linked to the Portuguese club within the coaching staff and also started a candidacy for the presidency of the Spanish Football Federation, which he finally retired. Now he is called to return to Madrid to work as an adviser to the President, Florentino Pérez.
In fact, the merengue institution reported that it plans to honor him after his retirement almost simultaneously with his announcement on social networks, in which the club highlights his achievements. “He played 725 games during 16 seasons in which he won 19 titles: 3 European Cups, 3 Club World Cups, 2 European Super Cups, 5 Leagues, 2 King’s Cups and 4 Spanish Super Cups. In Portugal, with Porto, he has achieved 2 Leagues, 1 Cup and 1 Super Cup. And he has been international with Spain on 167 occasions with which he has won 1 World Cup, 2 Euro Cups and 1 U-20 World Cup, “they wrote.
After a lifetime as a target and some controversy with José Mourinho and with the stands of the Santiago Bernabéu, Casillas went to the Portuguese Dragon in 2015, in which he played the last five years adding 157 more games and four titles. In addition, his stay at that club served to consolidate him as the player with the most matches in the history of the Champions League.
On an individual level, as Real Madrid highlights in his statement, the former goalkeeper also obtained the most important prizes that a Spanish athlete can choose from: “He was included 5 times in the FIFA FIFPro World XI and chosen 5 times the best goalkeeper in the world by the IFFHS His impressive sporting career has been recognized with the Prince of Asturias Award for Sports, the Grand Cross of the Royal Order of Sports Merit, the Gold Medal of the Royal Order of Sports Merit and the Gold Medal of the Madrid’s community”.
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