He has been a goalkeeper five times and stood between the posts at Real Madrid for years. Then he had a heart attack – now Iker Casillas has ended his career.
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15 months after one Heart attack im Training of FC Porto has goalkeeper idol Iker Casillas announced the end of his career as a professional footballer. “Today is one of the most important and hardest days of my sports career: it is time to say goodbye,” wrote the 39-year-old Spaniard on Tuesday in social networks.
The important thing is the path you travel and the people who accompany you, not the destination to which it takes you, because that with work and effort, comes alone and I think I can say, without hesitation, that it has been the path and the dream destination #Grac1as pic.twitter.com/xb8ucs9REh
– Iker Casillas (@IkerCasillas) August 4, 2020
The 2010 world champion had after the infarction in early May 2019 no longer contested a game. With FC Porto, he had recently celebrated winning his second Portuguese league title.
Real Madrid consultant?
According to Spanish media reports, Casillas could soon act as a consultant to his Parent club Real Madrid to return. He should be with the royal club ambassador and adviser to club president Florentino Pérez be said recently. Neither Casillas nor added to the reports Real Madrid an opinion.
Iker Casillas and his wife Sara Carbonero: In June 2019, he was able to leave the hospital after a heart attack in May. (Source: Agencia EFE / imago images)
After the infarction, Casillas had a vascular support inserted. At the time, doctors warned against continuing their careers. The Madrilene indicated that he would no longer practice professional sports in the spring, among other things, when he announced his candidacy to chair the Spanish football association RFEF.
Five-time world goalkeeper, 26 years real
In June, the husband of journalist and TV host Sara Carbonero and the father of two sons withdrew his application two months before the vote scheduled for August 17. The controversial Luis Rubiales should be re-elected.
Casillas has been named world goalkeeper five times in a row and twice with “La Roja” European Champion (2008 and 2012). He played for Real Madrid from 1989 to 2015 and won five times the Spanish championship and three times that time Champions League. For the royal, he played 349 league games before moving to Porto in 2015.