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Notes & Quotes: September 10, 2018

Casillas talks about being one of the last “rock stars”, Robinho reveals something about his transfer from Real, and 2018 FIFPro World 11 announced

Iker Casillas leaves Real Madrid - Press Conference Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Casillas believes he is one of football’s last “rock stars” alongside Cech and Buffon

Real Madrid legend Iker Casillas was recently interviewed by Expresso and asked about his career and legacy.

“We’re the last rock stars, the oldest players who are still playing, at least on the European scene.”

“You have to enjoy the time that you still have left. At 37, though, you are nearer to retiring than continuing to play.”

Casillas, as well as Buffon and Cech, are certainly part of a select group of legendary goalkeepers who are still competing in some of Europe’s top leagues. While Casillas hasn’t been at Real since 2015, he is still highly regarded as one of the best players in Real’s history.

Cech has a similar legacy at Chelsea just as Buffon does at Juventus, despite both also moving on to other European sides. They are certainly a dying breed of players from an era of great goalkeeping that is coming towards its end, unfortunately.

There are plenty of young, up and coming keepers in Europe now that will carry the torch forward and continue adding to the legacy of world goalkeepers.

Robinho reveals Real Madrid switched his transfer plans from Chelsea to Manchester City

Former Real midfielder Robinho, who played 3 years at the club, was interviewed by MARCA about his time in Madrid. He revealed what happened when he was transferred to Manchester City instead of Chelsea.

“I wanted to go to Chelsea, Scolari told me that I could make the difference for him in the team.”

“However, Real Madrid ended up badly with them, they didn’t like the way that Chelsea sold shirts with my name on them before the deal was done.”

“I am sure it was this that led to the negotiations to fail and it was a case of pride for Real Madrid. On top of this Chelsea were in the Champions league and City weren’t.”

There’s no way to know for sure how true this is, but it is a pretty interesting story. Robinho only spent 2 seasons in Manchester before being transferred to AC Milan. This would go right up with the report that Manchester United’s fax machine broke, which prevented David De Gea from transferring to Real a few seasons ago.

Outside of this supposed failed transfer, Robinho did view his time spent at the club fondly, even though he didn’t think it ended well.

FIFPro World 11 Announced, several Real players involved

Karim Benzema was shortlisted as a nominee for FIFA’s 2018 FIFPro World 11 forwards. There are 14 other nominees listed, but Gareth Bale has not been included. Ronaldo is also on the shortlist, who represented Real last season.

After missing significant time last season due to injury, the decision to leave Bale off was clearly based on this. He had a phenomenal end to the season, despite not starting much, and had that incredible goal in the Champions League Final.

Benzema and Bale have both been in great form this season, so far. Should they keep this up, they’ll likely both be on this same list next season.

Casemiro, Kroos, Isco, and Modric are all shortlisted for midfielder nominees. Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, and Marcelo are all nominated for defenders. Navas and Courtois are two of the goalie nominees.

The winners of this FIFPro nominations will be announced on September 24, as part of FIFA’s TheBest awards ceremony in London.

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