Goalkeeper Iker Casillas announced that he hung his gloves on the evening of August 4, ending his illustrious 21-year football career.
“What matters is the path you take and the people that accompany you, not the destination. Because with my career and efforts I have taken a step back and can not hesitate to say, that is the way. and dream destination, “Iker Casillas wrote on Twitter today 4/8, announcing his decision to end his career.
In 2019, Casillas suffered from heart disease and had intended to retire that season. However, the legendary Real Madrid struggles and declares the glove hanging after the 2019-2020 season ends. Leaving aside his illustrious career, Casillas is expected to spend a lot of time in the race to compete for the seat of the Spanish Football Federation, his intention to have been in February 2020.
Casillas holds a golden cup in the 2010 World Cup. Photo: AFP.
Born May 20, 1981, in Madrid, Casillas was the product of the Castilla training facility before joining the first team in the 1999-2000 season. The opportunity came to Casillas when the number one Real goalkeeper, Bodo Illgner, was seriously injured. He took the opportunity, then became the youngest goalkeeper in history to catch the Champions League final in 2000 and took the throne with Real down 3-0.
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With the arrival of new President Florentino Perez in the next season, with the Galacticos policy, Casillas – a mature young player from the club – was given priority to be used alongside young teammates like Francisco Pavon, Raul Bravo or Javier. Portillo. However, only Casillas can stay at the Bernabeu. He began playing for Real for 16 years, won three Champions League titles, won five La Liga titles and won two King’s Cups.
Casillas won the Euro Championship for the second time in 2012. Photo: Reuters.
Not only winning all club titles with Real, Casillas also holds many records during his time at the Bernabeu, such as the number of Champions League clean sheets, the most La Liga clean sheets, and the most appearances at Champions League.
Casillas is also the captain of the best team in world football history. With Spain, Casillas won the 2010 World Cup, and was crowned twice at the Euro in 2008 and 2012. He won the 2010 World Cup’s Golden Gloves, being the second Spanish player in the team. history, played four World Cup games. The former Spain captain five times entered the FIFA Team of the Year.
At Real, Casillas (blue shirt) is a hyphen of two generations of Galacticos: Zidane’s time in the 2000s and Ronaldo’s 2010. Photo: UEFA.
In the summer of 2015, at the age of 34, Casillas left Real but has not yet finished his journey to conquer the titles. The 39-year-old goalkeeper twice won the Portuguese championship with Porto. In the 2018-2019 season, he helped Porto to the quarter-finals of the Champions League, before losing to Liverpool – the team won the championship later.
After Casillas’ glove announcement, Real sent a message of gratitude to the legendary goalkeeper. The La Liga champion writes on the homepage: “The club appreciates, admires and gives a lot of love to one of history’s greatest legends. Today, one of the most important people in 118 years of history. Real existence has said goodbye to his playing career. Casillas belongs to Real’s heart, and will forever be. ”
(According to Sky Sports)