Casillas calls time on trophy-

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Casillas calls time on trophy-laden career 18 months after heart attack

Spanish World Cup winning captain Iker Casillas has announced his retirement from soccer 18-months after suffering a heart attack.

Casillas calls time on trophy-

Image via @Ikercasillas

Spanish and Real Madrid legend Iker Casillas has announced his retirement from professional soccer, hanging up his boots at the age of 39.

Casillas announced his retirement on Tuesday afternoon, after being sidelined for 18-months due to a heart problem. He suffered a heart attack during a training session with Porto in May last year but returned to football after a swift recovery.

Despite returning to training after his heart attack, the Spanish World Cup winner did not feature for Porto in an official game again with the club preferring to use him in a mentorship role despite being on their books as a player.

Casillas hangs up his gloves

On Tuesday afternoon, Casillas announced that he had made the decision to retire from football after a trophy-laden career that saw him achieve great success across Spain and Portugal and on the international stage.

“The important thing is the path you travel and the people who accompany you, not the destination to which it takes you… I can say, without hesitation, that it has been the dream path and the dream destination,” Casillas shared on Twitter, in Spanish.

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Casillas’ trophy cabinet

Casillas debuted for the Los Blancos in 1999 at the age of 18 and went on to make 725 appearances over 16 seasons at the club. He also made a massive 167 caps for the Spanish national team during the country’s Golden Era.

Real Madrid

  • Five La Liga titles
  • Two Copas del Rey
  • Four Supercopas de Espana
  • Three Champions Leagues
  • Two UEFA Super Cups
  • Three FIFA Club World Cups

FC Porto

  • One Primeira Liga


  • Two European Championships
  • One Fifa World Cup

Casillas is now tipped to take on an administration position off the field, having announced his decision to run for the presidency of the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), he will undoubtedly go down as one of the best goalkeepers and leaders football has ever seen.