Iker Casillas: Spanish legend and Real Madrid keeper announces retirement from football

Iker Casillas: Spanish legend and Real Madrid keeper announces retirement from football

- Iker Casillas was legendary in goals for the Spanish national team and Real Madrid

- The 39-year-old has announced his retirement from the game of football

- He won several major titles in the course of his career including the Fifa World Cup

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Iker Casillas, the legendary Spanish and Real Madrid goalkeeper, has announced his retirement from football at the age of 39 after making 725 professional appearances between the sticks.

Casillas has called it quits after a glittering career winning the Fifa World Cup, two European championships with the national team and the UEFA Champions league three times with Los Blancos.

Recall that the legend had heart-related complications in May last year, however he managed to return to action a couple of months later.

He said: “The important thing is the path you travel and the people who accompany you, not the destination to which it takes you.

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Iker Casillas: Spanish legend and Real Madrid keeper announces retirement from football

Iker Casillas poses with the Fifa World Cup. Photo Credit: Getty Images
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“Because that with work and effort, I think I can say, without hesitation, that it has been the path and the dream destination.”

His former club Real Madrid was quick to react as they paid tribute to the man who spent more than 16 seasons at the club between 1999 and 2015.

The Spaniard will serve in the advisory role for Los Blancos president Florentino Perez as earlier reported by Daily Mail.

Marca reported that the new assignment will come as a shock for the goalkeeper having left Real five years ago in an unpleasant manner. He was said to have had a bust-up with Perez.

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And this is coming barely a month after Legit.ng reported that Wesley Sneijder has reportedly come out of retirement at the age of 36 as reports have it that the former Inter Milan star will begin training with Dutch amateur football club DHSC.

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The midfielder, who is said to have dusted his boots, is expected to team-up with the club on July 27, as he continues to build his fitness with the fifth-tier side based in Utrecht.

In August 2019, the former Netherlands midfielder announced his retirement from football after 17 years of a trophy-laden career.

The 35-year-old last featured for Qatari football league side, Al-Gharafa, where he scored 15 goals in 22 appearances in just one season at the club.

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