Former Real Madrid and Spain goalkeeper has confirmed his retirement from football following the conclusion of the 2019/20 season.
The stopper, who has been plying his trade for FC Porto since 2015, released a statement on Twitter on Tuesday morning confirming that he was stepping back from the game.
He said: “The important thing is the path you travel and the people who accompany you, not the destination to which it takes you.
“I think I can say, without hesitation, that it has been the path and the dream destination.”
His retirement brings to a close a hugely successful club and international career for Casillas despite a heart attack limiting him to very little action since May 2019.
A three-time UEFA Champions League winner with boyhood club Real Madrid, he made 725 appearances for the club and also played a key role in five La Liga title successes. Casillas departed the Santiago Bernabeu in 2015, then signing with two-time European Champions FC Porto, where he managed to make 156 appearances and lift two Liga NOS titles.
His international career with national outfit Spain was equally as successful, earning 167 caps, lifting two European Championships and one World Cup.
Casillas’ former club Real Madrid are back in action this week as they resume their UEFA Champions League campaign. Los Blancos sit at a price of 25/1 with Betfair to win the match.