During training with Porto on May 1 last year Iker Casillas suffered a heart attack and required surgery, following that Real Madrid and Spain player have declared his retirement.
On a distinguished career with Real Madrid, Porto, and Spain, Casillas announced his retirement from football.
Port President Pinto da Costa said Casillas had retired when he declared a subsequently withdrawn bid to preside over the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) in February this year.
Nevertheless, the player himself did not publicly confirm the move, and last month Porto head coach Sergio Conceicao was forced to quash reports that Casillas was going to turn out in a farewell appearance for the club – although he took to the field to win the Taca de Portugal on the weekend after his team-mates defeated Benfica 2-1 to complete a domestic double.
Casillas announced that he would call time on his playing days in a statement released Tuesday via social media.
“The important thing is the path you travel and the people who accompany you, not the destination to which it takes you,” the 2010 World Cup-winning captain tweeted.