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Iker Casillas Announces Retirement From Football

Former Real Madrid and Spain goalkeeper, Iker Casillas, has officially retired from football. He retired at the age of 39.

He announced his retirement on his Twitter handle on Tuesday.

He posted, “The most important thing is the path you travel and the people who accompany you, not the destination that it takes you.

“I think I can say, without hesitation, that this has been the right path and the dream destination. Thanks.”

The 39-year-old, who holds the record for most Champions League clean sheets and most clean sheets for the Spain national team, has spent the last five years playing for Porto after a 25-year spell with Real.

Casillas won the World Cup, two European Championships, five La Liga titles, and three Champions League trophies.

Iker Casillas Fernández, born 20 May 1981 is a Spanish former professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper. Popularly dubbed “San Iker” for his ability to produce spectacular saves.

Casillas is widely regarded to be one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time, and by some, as the greatest ever. He is known for his athleticism, quick reactions and outstanding shot-stopping ability.

In 2008, Casillas placed fourth overall in the Ballon d’Or, and has been selected for the UEFA Team of the Year six consecutive times from 2007 to 2012, a record for a goalkeeper.

Casillas was also selected in the FIFPro World XI a record 5 times for a goalkeeper and was named as the IFFHS World’s Best Goalkeeper a record 5 times, alongside Gianluigi Buffon.

He was named as the second best goalkeeper of the 21st century, behind Buffon, and the second best goalkeeper of the past 25 years by the same organisation.

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Written by Mateen Badru

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