Spain’s World Cup-winning captain and goalkeeper Iker Casillas introduced his retirement from the skilled recreation on Tuesday, ending a profession that spanned over twenty years by which he captured the sport’s largest prizes.
The previous Actual Madrid skipper had referred to as time on his five-year spell with Portuguese aspect Porto final month after his contract with the membership expired. Casillas, 39, has not performed any aggressive soccer since he suffered a coronary heart assault throughout a coaching session final yr.
Lo importante es el camino que recorres y la gente que te acompaña, no el destino al que te lleva, porque eso con trabajo y esfuerzo, llega solo y creo que puedo decir, sin dudar, que ha sido el camino y el destino soñado #Grac1as pic.twitter.com/xb8ucs9REh
— Iker Casillas (@IkerCasillas) August 4, 2020
“The vital factor is the trail you journey and the individuals who accompany you, not the place it takes you, as a result of that comes with work and energy alone,” Casillas mentioned on Twitter https://twitter.com/IkerCasillas/standing/1290604618205073410. “I feel I can say, with out hesitation, that the trail I’ve taken is the one I dreamt about.”
Casillas was given a task on Porto’s technical workers initially of final season and was included within the first-team squad, though he was by no means named in a matchday squad. He captained Spain’s ‘golden era’ that gained a maiden World Cup title in 2010 in addition to two consecutive European Championships in 2008 and 2012.
The goalie, who got here by means of Actual Madrid’s youth system, made his senior membership debut in 1999 on the age of 18 and went on to make 725 appearances over 16 seasons, successful 5 La Liga titles and the Champions League thrice.
Nevertheless, he made a tearful exit with none fanfare in 2015 when he introduced his departure from his boyhood membership at a information convention, a transfer for which Actual had been closely criticised and led to followers chanting for membership president Florentino Perez to resign.
“One of the best goalkeeper within the historical past of Actual Madrid and Spanish soccer joined us on the age of 9,” Actual Madrid mentioned in a press release https://www.realmadrid.com/en/information/2020/08/04/official-announcement-iker-casillas on Tuesday.
“He was shaped right here and defended our shirt for 25 years, changing into certainly one of our most emblematic captains of all time. Iker Casillas earned the love of madridismo and is a logo of the values that Actual Madrid represents.”
Casillas holds the file for many appearances within the Champions League, that includes 177 instances – 150 of which got here with Actual Madrid – in addition to probably the most clear sheets within the historical past of the competitors (57).