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.”
Lo importante es el camino que recorres y la gente que te acompaña, no el destino al que te lleva, porque eso con trabajo y esfuerzo, llega solo y creo que puedo decir, sin dudar, que ha sido el camino y el destino soñado #Grac1as pic.twitter.com/xb8ucs9REh
— Iker Casillas (@IkerCasillas) August 4, 2020
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.
They say competition makes us better than others but not perfect faced with ourselves.
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
— Gianluigi Buffon (@gianluigibuffon) August 4, 2020