Former Real Madrid and Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas has retired from football at the age of 39.He made 725 appearances for the “Los Blancos” during a 16-year career at the Bernabeu, winning three Champions League titles and five La Liga trophies.
Casillas announced his retirement from football on Twitter an hour ago, He said: “The important thing is the path you travel and the people who accompany you, not the destination to which it takes you.
“I think I can say, without hesitation, that it has been the path and the dream destination.”
In response to that, Real Madrid Football Club also reacted on the club’s website indicating that, Casillas, who joined the club at the age of nine, is the best goalkeeper in the history of the club.
“Real Madrid wants to show its appreciation, admiration and love for one of the greatest legends of our club and world football,”
“Iker Casillas belongs to the heart of Real Madrid and will be so forever.”
Casiillas was part of Spain’s winning team in the 2010 World Cup hosted by South Africa after the Spanish national team beat ‘The Netherlands’ by a goal to nil in the final.
He also won the European Championships with Spain in 2008 and 2012.
Casillas joined FC Porto in 2015.He made 156 appearances for the club winning two Primeira Liga titles and one Portuguese Cup.
He has not played for the Portuguese side since April 2019 due to an Heart attack during a training session.
Casillas won 167 international caps for Spain between 2000 and 2016.
In February, he announced his intention to run for the presidency of the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF),before he later backed off because of the “exceptional social, economic and health situation” the country was suffering during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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