Bengaluru, August 4
Spain’s World Cup-winning captain and goalkeeper Iker Casillas introduced his retirement from the skilled sport on Tuesday, ending a profession that spanned over 20 years by which he captured the sport’s greatest prizes.
The former Real Madrid skipper had known as time on his five-year spell with Portuguese facet 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 12 months.
“The important thing is the path you travel and the people who accompany you, not where it takes you, because that comes with work and effort alone,” Casillas mentioned on Twitter.
“I think I can say, without hesitation, that the path I have taken is the one I dreamt about.”
Casillas was given a job on Porto’s technical employees initially of final season and was included within the first-team squad, though he was by no means named in a match-day squad.
He captained Spain’s ‘golden generation’ that received a maiden World Cup title in 2010 in addition to two consecutive European Championships in 2008 and 2012.
The shotstopper, who got here via Real 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.
However, 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 Real have been closely criticised and led to followers chanting for membership president Florentino Perez to resign.
“The best goalkeeper in the history of Real Madrid and Spanish football joined us at the age of 9,” Real Madrid mentioned in an announcement on Tuesday.
“He was formed here and defended our shirt for 25 years, becoming one of our most emblematic captains of all time. Iker Casillas earned the love of madridismo and is a symbol of the values that Real Madrid represents.”
Casillas holds the document for many appearances within the Champions League, that includes in 177 instances – 150 of which got here with Real Madrid – in addition to essentially the most clean-sheets within the historical past of the competitors (57). Reuters