Former Real Madrid Goalkeeper, Iker Casillas, has announced his retirement from football after a 22-year playing career.
“The most important thing is the path you travel and the people who accompany you, not the designation to which it takes you, because that with work and effort, comes alone and I think I can say, without hesitation that it has been the path and the dream destination,” Casillas tweeted in Spanish on Monday.
Lo importante es el camino que recorres y la gente que te acompaña, no el destino al que te lleva, porque eso con trabajo y esfuerzo, llega solo y creo que puedo decir, sin dudar, que ha sido el camino y el destino soñado #Grac1as pic.twitter.com/xb8ucs9REh
— Iker Casillas (@IkerCasillas) August 4, 2020
The Real legend has not taken part in a competitive match since suffering a heart attack in May 2019.
Casillas came onto the scene as a teenager at Real Madrid and went on to make 725 appearances for the Blancos, helping them to 19 trophies, including five La Liga titles and three Champions League crowns.
He also captained Spain to World Cup glory in 2010 between European Championship triumphs in 2008 and 2012.
After 25 years at Real, in 2015, the legendary goalkeeper moved to Portugal to join Porto where he made a further 156 outings and secured four more titles with Porto.
The 39-year-old holds the record for most UEFA Champions League clean sheets and most clean sheets for the Spainish national team.
Casillas was included in the FIFA FIFPro World XI five times and chosen as the best goalkeeper in the world by the IFFHS five times.