Spain and Real Madrid goalkeeper, Casillas, who won two European championships, five La Liga titles, the world cup, and three Champions League Trophies, has decided to retire after playing in more than a thousand matches.
He took to Twitter to extend his heartfelt appreciation to the league. His tweeter post reads, “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, comes alone and I think I can say without hesitation, that it has been the path and the dream destination”.
He accompanied the post with a lengthy statement in Spanish and a photo of himself.
“The best goalkeeper in the history of Real Madrid and Spanish football” – Spanish Champions
The 39-year-old spent the last five years of his career, from 2015 to 2020, playing for Porto. He lifted the FIFA Club World Cup during his time in Spain and the Super Copa de Espana four times. He won La Liga’s Zamora award for the best goalkeeper twice and also won the World Cup Golden Glove in 2010. Voted into the FIFA FIFPro World XI five times, and in 2019, he was named Primeira Liga’s best goalkeeper.
He is one of many goalkeepers that is known for the most penalty saves in champion league history.
Casillas had announced his intention to run for president of the Spanish Football Federation after suffering a heart attack during a training session last year. He was determined to run for the presidency. “I have informed the president of my club, FC Porto, of the decision to who I can only express my deepest gratitude. We are working with the utmost respect and determination in our candidacy… Thank you all for the love I received. Your support and your strength encouraged me. Go for it!”
Unfortunately, it couldn’t work out because of the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.
Real Madrid appreciates Casillas, calls him the best goalkeeper in the history of Real Madrid and Spanish Football. According to a statement on the Spanish Champions website, “real Madrid wants to show it’s appreciation, admiration, and affection for one of the greatest legends of our club and world soccer.”
“Today, one of the most important footballers in our 118-year history, a player whom we love and admire. A goalkeeper who has enlarged the legend of Real Madrid with his work and with examples behavior both inside and outside says goodbye as a professional player”. Real Madrid also wants to send their love and affection to Casillas’ family.
Sergio Ramos, Real Madrid’s captain, is one of the first people to react to the news posting, “soccer thanks you, friend. Forever a legend.
What’s next for Casillas?
There had been rumors of his retirement since 2019, but he has always refused it, saying there is time for everything. It seems the right time has finally arrived. To many, Casillas is still young and can play, but he has made his decision. Perhaps the fact that he has retired doesn’t mean he can’t stand for the presidency at the Spanish FA elections
How are fans reacting to the news? Some of them are happy, and others are not; some of them are blaming it on Chile. “As my favorite player ever, I thought I’d be sad, but I think he’s chosen the right time to retire. He’s lifted three major international trophies as captain, and I don’t think any player could ask for a more glittering career at both club and country level. He’s won everything there is to win and has cemented himself as one of the greatest keepers of all time. Gracias por todo San Iker!” Says an enthusiastic fan.
“He’ll be remembered as one of the best goalkeepers to play the game, and without his amazing four years captaining the selection, Spain wouldn’t have two Euros and a World Cup.” Another fan asserted.
Casillas will indeed be remembered by both his fans and rivals as one of the best goalkeepers. As for his decision to run for president, it’s not clear what exactly he wants to do now, but it’s in the hope that he continues his career, not as a goalkeeper but a president in the Spanish Football Federation and we wish him all the best.