NEWS
Friday May 17 2019
Porto goalkeeper Iker Casillas to announce retirement from football

Famed Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas has decided to retire from football after suffering a heart attack in training, according to reports.

On Thursday, El Mundo cited a report in O Jogo which claims the veteran goalkeeper will shortly confirm his retirement from the sport and these claims have been reiterated today via Antena3.

Porto are set to offer Casillas a prominent non-playing role at the club and they have already confirmed they want the Spaniard’s ‘long term’ future at the club and have already made him an offer, although the details of that have not yet been disclosed.

At the start of the month, the 37-year-old fell ill during training with Porto and was rushed to hospital where he underwent emergency surgery.

Whilst that was a success and Casillas was discharged five days later, it appears unlikely he will play football again but does wish to continue within the sport.

The goalkeeper made over 700 first-team appearances for Madrid across 15 seasons before joining Porto on a free transfer in the summer of 2015.

He won three Champions Leagues with the capital giants, as well as two European Championships and a World Cup in his 167 caps for La Roja.

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