Spain’s World Cup-winning captain and goalkeeper Iker Casillas introduced his retirement from the professional sport on Tuesday, ending a profession that spanned over 20 years during which he captured the sport’s greatest prizes.
The former Real Madrid skipper had referred to as time on his five-year spell with Portuguese aspect Porto last 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 last year.
“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 said on Twitter https://twitter.com/IkerCasillas/status/1290604618205073410. “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 workers at first of last 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 generation’ 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 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 three times.
However, he made a tearful exit with none fanfare in 2015 when he introduced his departure from his boyhood membership at a news 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 said in an announcement https://www.realmadrid.com/en/news/2020/08/04/official-announcement-iker-casillas 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 file for many appearances within the Champions League, that includes 177 times – 150 of which got here with Real Madrid – in addition to essentially the most clean sheets within the historical past of the competitors (57).