The Real Madrid and former Spanish goalkeeper, Iker Casillas, has announced the end of the football road. He is 39 years old.
Message on Instagram
The player posted a long retirement letter on Instagram. In it he said: “The important thing is the path you travel and the people who accompany you. Not the destination that 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.”
Finally hanging up his boots at Porto, he can look back on a stellar career. This includes winning the World Cup and two European Championships. He has lifted a huge amount of silverware. Including five La Liga titles, and three Champions League titles won with Real Madrid. All in all he made a total of 725 appearances for Los Blancos over the course of 16 seasons from 1999 to 2015.
He was the Spanish captain when they won the World Cup in 2010. And also was in charge when they triumphed at Euro 2008 and Euro 2012. Whilst at Porto he picked up two Portuguese titles, but suffered a heart attack in training last year. The Bernabéu regard him as their greatest goalkeeper and up their with the club legends.
Real Madrid Statement
“Real Madrid wants to show its appreciation, admiration and affection for one of the greatest legends of our club and world soccer. The best goalkeeper in the history of Real Madrid and Spanish football came to our house when he was nine years old. 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.”