Real Madrid legend Iker Casillas announced that he has officially retired from football on Tuesday.
The Spanish keeper spent 16 years with the Real Madrid senior team and 8 years with the academy. He won 19 titles with Real. He served as captain of the club for five seasons. He holds the record for both most clean sheets in the Champions League and with the Spanish National Team. He won the World Cup with Spain in 2010.
Casillas suffered a heart attack while with Porto in 2019, which led to him having to make a difficult consideration to step away from football. It was also announced that Casillas would serve as an advisor to Florentino Pérez back in July.
On a personal level, Casillas is one of my favorite Real Madrid players of all time. He’s a big reason why I follow this club and he defined a generation of world class goalkeepers. He was an iconic figure between the posts for years and served this club well. It hurts just as much as it did in when he left in 2015, but it’s comforting to to know he’ll have a role at the club in this next chapter of his career.
Congratulations on your retirement legend, you’ll always be San Iker of Madrid. Several figures around the football world gave their well wishes to Casillas on his retirement day.
Real Madrid president Florentino Pérez
Real Madrid captain and former teammate Sergio Ramos
Real Madrid forward Marco Asensio
Former Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho
"Iker is one of the greatest goalkeepers in Real Madrid's history, in Spain's history and world football history"— standardsport (@standardsport) August 4, 2020
Jose Mourinho on his 'honest friendship' with Iker Casillas despite 'difficult moments' at Real Madrid
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Former Porto teammate Óliver Torres
Orgulloso y agradecido de poder haber compartido muchos momentos contigo, he sido un privilegiado. Gracias por todo leyenda https://t.co/mSc4Evohg5— Óliver Torres Muñoz (@olitorres10) August 4, 2020
Juventus & Italian goalkeeper legend Gianluigi Buffon
They say competition makes us better than others but not perfect faced with ourselves.— Gianluigi Buffon (@gianluigibuffon) August 4, 2020
Maybe this futile pursuit of perfection is what made us who we are. #Grac1as Iker, without you, everything would have been less meaningful. pic.twitter.com/wQ3MznmeGP
Casillas’ Champions League highlights