In a post on his twitter page August 4, 2020, the former Real Madrid and Spain goal keeper, Iker Casillas announced his retirement from the game of football, at the age of 39.
In an emotional letter to his fans and supporters, he wrote;
‘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, i think i can say
without hesitation that it has been the path and the dream destination.’
The goal keeper who moved to Porto in 2015, where he won 2 Portugues Primeira Liga titles, suffered a heart attack during a training session with Porto in May last year. He returned months later but did not make any appearances since then.
Real Madrid also paid their respects to the legendary goal keeper who showed up in 725 competitive matches between 1999 and 2015 in the course of 16 seasons. They wrote;
‘The best goal keeper in the history of Real Madrid and Spanish football came to our house
when he was 9 years old. Here, our shirt was formed and defend for 25 years, being forever one of
our most iconic captains. Iker Casillas has earned the love of Real Madrid and is a benchmark of
the values that represents Real Madrid.
‘Iker Casillas was included 5 times in the FIFA FIFPro World XI and chosen as 5 times best goal keeper in the world by the IFFHS.
‘His impressive sports career has been recognised with the Prince of Austrias Award for Sports, the Grand Cross of the Royal Order of Sports Merit, the Gold Medal of the Royal Order of SportsMerit and the Gold Medal of the Community of Madrid.
‘Iker Casillas belongs to the heart of Real Madrid and will be so forever. Real Madrid wants to convey to him and his family the affection of our club, which is the club of his life.’