Iker Casillas Announces Retirement from Professional football After 22 years of Action


Real Madrid legend Iker Casillas has announced his retirement from football after 22 years of playing career hanging his gloves at the age of 39.

The World Cup winner hasn’t featured in any competitive game since returning to Porto after a health scare in May 2019 although he was included in the squad for that season.

Casillas however on his social media handle announced his retirement from playing in the professional game of football posting: “The important thing is the path you travel and the people who accompany you, not the destination 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 #Grac1as.”

Casillas started his club career with Real Madrid before breaking into the senior team in 1999. He became the youngest goalkeeper to feature in the Championship league at age 19 going on to win it with Real Madrid.

He became Madrid’s first choice goalkeeper winning the Champions League twice and the La Liga in his first three seasons.

His accomplishments with the Los Blancos was marvellous and Madrid following his official announcement from the game issued a statement that read: “Following Iker Casillas’ announcement about his retirement from professional football, Real Madrid C. F. wants to show its recognition, admiration and affection for one of the biggest legends of our club and of world football.

 “The best goalkeeper in the history of Real Madrid and Spanish football joined us at the age of 9. He was formed here and defended our shirt for 25 years, becoming one of our most emblematic captains of all time. Iker Casillas earned the love of madridismo and is a symbol of the values that Real Madrid represents.
“Today one of the most important footballers in our 118 years of history calls it a day as a professional player, a player we love and admire, a goalkeeper who has made the Real Madrid legacy bigger with his work and exemplary behaviour both on and off the pitch.
“He played 725 matches for the first team during 16 seasons in which he won 19 titles: 3 European Cups, 3 Club World Cups, 2 European Super Cups, 5 Spanish Leagues, 2 Copa del Rey and 4 Spanish Super Cups. In Portugal, with Porto, he won 2 Portuguese Leagues, 1 Cup and 1 Supercup. And he has been capped by Spain 167 times, where he won 1 World Cup, 2 European Cups and 1 Under-20 World Cup.
“Iker Casillas was named five times in the FIFA FIFPro World XI and was voted the world’s best goalkeeper five times by the IFFHS. His impressive sporting career has been recognised with the Prince of Asturias Award for Sports, the Grand Cross of the Royal Order of Sports Merit, the Gold Medal of the Royal Order of Sports Merit and the Gold Medal of the Community of Madrid.
“Iker Casillas belongs at the heart of Real Madrid and will do so forever. Real Madrid would like to convey to him and his family the love of our club, which is the club of his life.”
Casillas joined Fc Porto in 2015 after leaving Real Madrid
After Madrid Casillas moved to Fc Porto in 2015 where he made 116 appearances for the Portuguese side .
Gianluigi Buffon and several of his teammates from the national team has also wished him well in the journey ahead.


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