Iker Casillas has announced his retirement from soccer at the age of 39.
Casillas finished his playing days at Porto, but won the World Cup, two European Championships, five La Liga titles and three Champions League titles.
“The important thing is the path you travel and the people who accompany you, not the destination that it takes you,” Casillas posted on Instagram alongside a lengthy retirement letter. “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."
“Real Madrid wants to show its appreciation, admiration and affection for one of the greatest legends of our club and world soccer,” read a statement. “The best goalkeeper in the history of Real Madrid and Spanish football came to our house when he was nine years old.
“Iker Casillas belongs to the heart of Real Madrid and will be so forever. Real Madrid wants to convey to him and his family the affection of our club, which is the club of his life.”