According to the Portuguese newspapers 'Record' and 'O Jogo' today, Íker Casillas will retire from football and will become part of the Oporto board. Until now, the team's goalkeeper suffered an acute myocardial infarction several weeks ago while training that kept him in the hospital for several days. As it was then told on ABC, the future of Real Madrid's ex under the goal was uncertain.
At 37 years old, Casillas would leave the playing field after 1,034 games, 881 with his clubs and 153 with the shirt of the Spanish team. Most of his career has been developed defending the goal of Real Madrid, where he has added 725 – the second in history after Raul Gonzalez. In Oporto he has played 156 games since his arrival in 2015 to Portugal.
If the news is confirmed, Casillas would say goodbye to football with five Spanish and one Portuguese Leagues, two Copas del Rey, four Spanish Super Cups and one from Portugal. At continental level of clubs, has achieved three Champions, two European Super Cups, two Intercontinental and a Club World Cup. To these titles we must add those achieved with the Spanish selction: two Euro Cups and one World Cup. A track record available to very few in history.
In addition, he retires with numerous records in his backpack. With Spain, for example, Casillas is the international with more calls (203), with more games (167, 105 as captain), with more victories (122) and with more minutes (13,303). At Real Madrid he keeps his mark as the youngest goalkeeper to debut in the First Division with 18 years and 115 days. He did it on September 12, 1999, beginning then a career at the Santiago Bernabéu that took him to the altars of the club.
Casillas also has six Golden Ball nominations (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012), and also those years in the UEFA Team of the year. He was designated as the best goalkeeper in the world by IFFHS in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012, being also a Gold Glove in the World Cup in South Africa and winning the Golden Foot in 2017. He only has one Zamora to his credit, the one achieved in 2008
The goodbye of the «Saint» leaves football without one of the referents in the goal of the last two decades. Since his debut on June 3, 2000, Casillas has left behind an entire life dedicated to the sport in which he has emerged champion of all major tournaments. A problem in his heart will now force him to be under observation for the next few months, recovering from a fright that has forced, apparently, to advance a retreat that refused to arrive: he was a leader in Portugal and saw himself playing for years maximum level. . (tagsToTranslate) cells (t) removed