Goalkeeper Iker Casillas announced to put a stop to his illustrious 21-year playing career.
In 2019, Casillas suffered from heart disease and had intended to retire that same season. However, the Real Madrid legend struggled and declared to hang up his gloves after the 2019-2020 season ended.
Leaving aside his illustrious career, Casillas is expected to spend a lot of time in the competition for the chair of the Spanish Football Federation, his intention to have been in February 2020.
Casillas held a gold cup at the 2010 World Cup
Born May 20, 1981 in Madrid, Casillas was the product of the Castilla training furnace before he joined the team in the 1999-2000 season. The opportunity came with Casillas when the number one Real goalkeeper then, Bodo Illgner was seriously injured. He took the opportunity, then became the youngest goalkeeper in history to capture the Champions League final in 2000 and ascended the throne when Real beat Valencia 3-0.
Memorable moments of Casillas
With the arrival of new president Florentino Perez the following season, with the Galacticos policy, Casillas – a young adult player from the club – is preferred to use alongside young teammates like Francisco Pavon, Raul Bravo or Javier.
However, only Casillas survived the Bernabeu. He started for Real for 16 years, won three Champions Leagues, won La Liga five times and won two King’s Cups.
Casillas won the Euro Championship for the second time in 2012
Not only did he win all the titles at the club level with Real, Casillas also holds many records during his time at the Bernabeu, such as the most Champions League clean sheets, the most clean sheets in La Liga, and the most appearances in the Champions League.
Casillas is also the captain of the best team in the history of world football. Along with Spain, Casillas won the 2010 World Cup, and was crowned twice in the Euro in 2008 and 2012. He won the Golden Gloves of the 2010 World Cup, the Spanish player who wears the team the second most. history, playing four World Cups. Former Spain captain five times into the FIFA team of the year.
In the summer of 2015, at 34, Casillas left Real but did not close the journey to conquer the titles. The 39-year-old goalkeeper twice won Portugal’s championship with Porto. In the 2018-2019 season, he helped Porto in the Champions League quarter-finals, before losing to Liverpool – the team won the championship afterwards.