Iker Casillas: Goalkeeper with wings

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In August 2020, Iker Casillas hung up his goalkeeper gloves, but that metaphor was not good enough for the Spaniards to characterize the farewell of the goalkeeper who helped to make them World Champions in 2010 by saving Arjen Robbens shot with his toe. Instead the series of documentaries of documentaries looking ack on Calillas’ career is called “Colgar las alas”: hanging up your wings. Because in the eyes of the admiring Spaniards, Casillas did not dive, he flew to the ball in his magnificent football career that spanned two decades. The documentary series had made a photograph of him in which he sees to carry the wings of an angle.

Casillas did not dive, he flew to the bal

At the age of eighteen, Casillas made his debut in Real Madrid’s first team against Athletic Club, but he looked like a kid of fifteen. 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, because he was so 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 Champions League-final. “Iker, Iker, Iker”, the fans chant with every save from their goalkeeper. 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 as a good goalkeeper only”, he said. “I want them to remember me as a good person.”

Casillas made the switch from Real Madrid to FC Porto, where he won two more League titels. 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.

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