5 La Liga titles; 1 FIFA World Cup; 2 European Championships; 3 European Cups; 1 Club World Cup; 2 Intercontinental Cups; 2 European Super Cups; 2 Copas del Rey; 4 Spanish Super Cups… Meet San Iker, the best goalkeeper in the history of Real Madrid & of Spanish football.
Iker Casillas arrived at the club aged 9 & wore the Whites shirt for 25 years. Madridistas will never forget the images of their captain lifting one trophy after another, nor of his incredible airtight stops & gravity-defying saves that have led Real Madrid to victories galore.
Born in 1981 in Móstoles (Madrid), Casillas grew up playing soccer with his dad & friends (his younger brother Unai also played for Club Deportivo Móstoles) & emerged as a star goalkeeper in his teens. He began his career in Real Madrid’s youth system, La Fábrica, in 1990-91. He anchored defence for the Spanish junior teams that won the 1997 UEFA European Under-16 Cup & the 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship.
In 1997, aged 16, he was first called up to the first team to face the Norwegian Rosenborg BK in the UEFA Champions League. In 2000, just four days after his 19th birthday, he became the youngest ever goalkeeper to play in a Champions League final when Real Madrid defeated Valencia 3-0.
In 2008, he was made the captain of the Spanish team, leading it to its first European Championship in 44 years by winning Euro 2008. Under his captaincy, Spain also won its first ever World Cup in 2010 & retained the European Championship in 2012. In 2012, he was voted into the UEFA Team of the Year for a record sixth consecutive time. In 2015, he became the player with the most appearances in the UEFA Champions League. With 167 caps for the national team, Casillas is the third captain in football history to lift the World Cup trophy, the Champions League trophy & the European Championship trophy, after Franz Beckenbauer and Didier Deschamps.
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