Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas retires from football 9 months after suffering heart attack in training

The Spain and former Real Madrid legend, 38, announced that he will run to become the next president of the Spanish Football Federation on Monday. 

The legend, who played 510 games for the Real Madrid senior side between 1999 and 2015, suffered a heart attack in 2019 whilst training with FC Porto.

Casillas has been the liaison between the first-team squad and the board of directors at Porto after suffering a heart attack in training in May last year, since which he has not played.

Fc Porto’s president Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa confirmed Casillas’ retirement saying: ‘I was very happy. Casillas had an attitude that touched me a lot, because before announcing the candidacy he made a point of coming to Porto to have lunch with me to communicate that he would make that decision and end his career,’ he said.

‘He has a great career, in which he has only been in two clubs and we know he has both at heart.’

Posting on Twitter earlier this week, Casillas winner confirmed he would contest the presidency against Luis Rubiales by saying: ‘Yes, I will stand for presidency of the Spanish FA when elections are called. Together we will put our federation at the top alongside the best football in the world: Spanish football.

‘I’ve informed the president of my club FC Porto of the decision and I want to express my deepest gratitude.

‘We’re working on our candidacy with the highest respect. More than 23,000 voters await us in fair and transparent elections as 139 assembly members will make the key decision.

‘Thanks for all the support and good wishes. Let’s go for it!’

Casillas won the UEFA Champions League with Real Madrid aged 18 in 2000, the youngest goalkeeper to play in and win the competition.

He had numerous honors on top, one of those winning the World Cup with Spain in 2010 in South Africa, beating the Netherlands 1-0 in the final.

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