In August 2020, Iker Casillas hung up his goalkeeper gloves, but that metaphor was not enough for the Spaniards to characterize the farewell to the goalkeeper who made Spain world champion in 2010 by stopping a bet by Arjen Robben with his toe. The series of documentaries in which Casillas looks back on his career is called “Colgar las alas” which means as much as hanging your wings. Flying to the ball, that’s what Casillas has done in a top football career that spanned two decades. At the age of eighteen, he made his debut in Real Madrid’s first against San Mames, but he looked like a kid of fifteen.
Iker Casillas was flying to meet the ball
Former coach John Toshak tells in the documentary that he can still very well remember seeing Casillas standing between the posts during those first matches: “I sat down and I saw a goalkeeper who seemed to disappear into the goal, he was that small. The goal seemed to be 20 meters high and wide. And then it started: a rescue. Another rescue. Who is that? I asked. That’s Iker Casillas they told me. ” A year later in 2000, Iker Casillas played his first final in the Champions League. “Iker, Iker, Iker”, the fans chant with every good action from their goalkeeper. It will be May 2000. When Casillas retired from Real Madrid at the age of 34 in 2015, he was in tears. “I don’t want people to remember me just as a good goalkeeper,” he said. “But especially as a good person.” Casillas made the switch to FC Porto, where he won two more Portuguese national championships. A heart attack forced him to end his football career. In December 2020, the club legend returned to Real Madrid as an assistant to the director of the Real Madrid Foundation, a foundation that aims to contribute to a better society through sport. With Spain, Casillas became European Champion in 2008 and 2012 and he won the World Cup in 2010. He kept Arjen Robben with his toe a great chance and the Orange with the world title.