Casillas bids discreet goodbye to Porto
Spain’s World Cup-winning captain and goalkeeper Iker Casillas has called time on his five-year spell with Porto after his contract with the Portuguese club ended on Wednesday.
Casillas, 39, suffered a cardiovascular disease during a training session last year and has actually not played any competitive football considering that April, 2019.
He was provided a function on the team’s technical staff at the start of this season and was consisted of in the first-team squad, although he was never ever named in a matchday squad.
Porto president Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa stated in February that Casillas was set to retire from playing in order to stand for election to become president of the Spanish soccer federation, although he later withdrew from the running due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Casillas, who led Spain to their first World Cup in 2010 and assisted his nation win the 2008 and 2012 European championships, had a subtle farewell from the club he participated 2015 after spending 25 years at Real Madrid.
He published a picture on his main Twitter account from Monday’s 1-0 win at Pacos Ferreira with the caption “the last journey”.
Porto launched a video on their website entitled “Always among us” in tribute to the goalkeeper, who made 156 competitive looks for the club and won the 2017-18 league title with them. (Reporting by Richard Martin, editing by Ed Osmond).