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Iker Casillas: Porto goalkeeper and Real Madrid legend ‘retires from football’ after suffering heart attack
The 37-year-old was taken to hospital earlier this month after being struck by an acute myocardial infarction at Porto’s training ground
Porto goalkeeper Iker Casillas is retiring from football after suffering a heart attack, reports claim.
Casillas, the Real Madrid and Spain legend, has decided to call time on his career despite recently signing a new contract with the Portuguese club.
He has been offered a position in Porto’s backroom staff by Pinto da Costa, the club’s chairman, with the role understood to be some kind of ‘international ambassador’ to take advantage of his fame and media influence.
ABC claim Casillas will announce his retirement ‘shortly’.
The 37-year-old suffered an acute myocardial infarction earlier this month while at Porto’s training centre, with the glovesman rushed to hospital.
He quickly entered a stable condition, and admitted after leaving hospital he may return to football.
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“I will have to wait a couple of weeks or a couple of months, the truth is I don’t care (how long),” Casillas told reporters outside the hospital.
“I don’t know what will happen in the future but the most important thing is to be here and to be able to speak with calm.”
Casillas is widely regarded as one of world football’s greatest ever goalkeepers, having enjoyed great success on both the domestic and international stage.
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He captained Spain to European Championship success either side of their victorious 2010 World Cup campaign, and also won three European Cups and five LaLiga titles playing for Real Madrid.
Casillas debuted for the Bernabeu club as a teenager 20 years ago and went to play over 700 games for Los Blancos before leaving in 2015 to join Porto
He is currently in his fourth season with the Portuguese outfit, with whom he won last season’s league title.