Legendary former Real Madrid and Spain goalkeeper/ has announced his retirement from football at the age of 39.
Casillas has hung up his gloves after a stellar career that saw him win the Champions League on three occasions with Real and the World Cup and two European Championships with Spain.
He suffered a heart attack during a training session with Porto in May last year but returned a couple of months later. However, Casillas didn’t return to action during the course of the season and has now decided to finish his career.
In a post on his Twitter account on Tuesday, Casillas announced his retirement in a letter and posted an emotional message: “The important thing is the path you travel and the people who accompany you, not the destination to which it takes you.”
Real also paid their respect to one of their own writing: “Real Madrid CF wants to show his appreciation, admiration and love for one of the greatest legends of our club and world football. The best goalkeeper in the history of Real Madrid and Spanish football came to our house when he was nine years old.”
Casillas has won pretty much every major honour in the game. At Real, he broke into the first-team in 1999 and remained No 1 until Jose Mourinho’s time in charge. He helped Madrid win five La Liga titles, two Spanish Cups, three Champions League crowns, two Intercontinental Cups and the FIFA Club World Cup.
Moving to Porto in 2015, Casillas added two Portuguese Primeira Liga titles, including the one just concluded.
A veteran of 167 appearances for Spain, he captained the side through an era of dominance that saw them lift the 2008 European Championship and the 2010 World Cup before defending their Euros crown in 2012.
Casillas intends to remain in the world of football and announced his decision to run for the presidency of the Spanish Football Federation earlier this year.
But in the meantime, he has returned to the Bernabeu to serve as an advisor to president Florentino Perez.