Iker Casillas puts end to 25 years journey with Real Madrid. After 16 seasons, playing 723 matches in Real Madrid shirt, he is all set to join Porto in the upcoming season. The goalkeeper gave a press conference on last Sunday, confirming his departure and about his experience in Madrid with some messages for the fans and followers. It was an emotional and tearful event, but not a single Real Madrid official representatives were present there.
Florentino Perez Said Iker Casillas wasn’t forced out of Real Madrid
The Club and President have been heavily criticized for the way they handled the whole situation. Even some news sources claimed that Perez has pushed out Casillas from the team. This news make lots of resentment, shock wave and indignation among the fans and followers all over the world. Real Madrid fans in Spanish capital protested by holding “Perez Resign” banner.
Today Real Madrid president Florentino Perez clearly denied the obligation, he said:
“No one in Real Madrid asked him to leave the club. A few days ago he received an offer from Porto which he told us of immediately and asked us to take it into consideration and make an agreement.”
Achievement With Real Madrid
Casillas joined the youth academy of Real Madrid in 1990 and in 1999 made his first-team debut . Iker won 17 major honors with the club, including La Liga five times and the most prestigious Champions League trophy on three occasions. As individual honors, he won the Golden Glove in 2010 FIFA World Cup and also won the IFFHS World’s Best Goalkeeper five times on row from 2008 to 2012.
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The Spanish goalkeeper has gone through lots of up and down in last two seasons. In 2013-14 season, in the first spell of Carlo Ancelotti, he has been only the Cup and UCL keeper and Real won both the tournament. In 2014 Carlo has given him the role of main keeper, but his performance wasn’t top notch. He has been criticized for his performance many times in this season. Perez also added:
“There has been a lot of pressure on him the past two years. Although I would have liked him to finish his sporting career in our club, but I have to accept his decision.”
With the departure of Casillas, it is expected that Perez will try to sign David De Gea from Manchester United. But this saga is going for a long time, still nothing is confirmed from both Clubs. If Real Madrid fail to sign De Gea this season, there are going for Bayern Leverkusen’s German goalkeeper Bernd Leno.
After the Casillas press conference, it raised lots of eyebrows toward the club and president. But Real Madrid tried to repair the damage by arranging a farewell ceremony for him, but the attempt wasn’t enough.
Iker Casillas is the symbol of Real Madrid, the best in the history of Real Madrid and Spain. Iker himself want that all the fans to remember him as a good person, but we are sure they will remember him as the savior, the most favorite son of Madrid, the legend of Real Madrid. It will be really interesting to see what the Spanish giant will do next to find a replacement of Casillas.