Spain and Real Madrid Legend Iker Casillas Retires
Former Real Madrid goalkeeper, Iker Casillas, has announced his retirement from football, hanging up his gloves at the age of 39, after a heart attack forced him to be sidelined for over a year.
Casillas joined Portuguese side Porto in 2015, where he decided to end his career that spanned for two decades, following the expiration of his five-year contract.
The 39-year-old goalkeeper captained the Spanish team to win the World Cup in 2010. He also won two European Championships, five La Liga titles and three Champions League with Real Madrid. He further lifted two Primeira Liga silverware and one Portuguese Cup with Porto
Real Madrid has released a heartfelt tribute to their legend and said: “Real Madrid wants to show its appreciation, admiration and affection for one of the greatest legends of our club.”
The club added: “The best goalkeeper in the history of Real Madrid and Spanish football joined us at the age of 9. He was formed here and defended our shirt for 25 years, becoming one of our most emblematic captains of all time.”
Madrid president Florentino Perez said Casillas has left a lasting impression at the club and “his legacy will always be here. Iker knows that this is and will always be his home”.
Messi, Sergio Ramos, Jose Mourhino, Thibaut Courtois, Andres Iniesta and former Italy captain, Gianluigi Buffon, all took to social media to pay tribute to the iconic Spaniard goalkeeper.
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