Saint Iker, as he is affectionately known, is rightly regarded as one of the greatest goalkeepers this beautiful sport has ever seen.
His first and third Champions League titles came 14 years apart, and somewhere right in the middle of those successes, he captained Spain to their first and only World Cup triumph back in 2010 on African soil.
🏆 Casillas in the Champions League
- 🥇 Three-time winner.
- 💫 Debuted in the competition aged 18y, 3m, 26d on 15 September 1999.
- 🔥 Started & won the 2000 Final against Valencia four days after his 19th birthday.
- 🦸♂️ Came off the bench in the 2002 final, making a string of saves in the final quarter.
- 🏟 Most appearances out of any player in the competition's history (177).
- 🧤 Most clean sheets out of any player in the competition's history (59).
- 🗿 First player in history to feature in 20 Champions League campaigns.
🇪🇸 Casillas for Spain
- 🧢 167 caps (second-highest tally ever).
- 🌍 Captained the 2010 World Cup-winners.
- 🇪🇺 Captained his country to European Championships glory in 2008 & 2012.
✅ Casillas at club level
- 🏆 3 x UEFA Champions League
- 🏆 5 x LaLiga
- 🏆 4 x Spanish Super Cup
- 🏆 2 x Copa Del Rey
- 🏆 2 x UEFA Super Cup
- 🏆 1 x FIFA Club World Cup
- 🏆 2 x Intercontinental Cup
- 🏆 1 x Portuguese Primera Liga
- 🏆 2 x Portuguese Super Cup
🥳 Happy birthday, Iker Casillas!— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) May 20, 2020
Three-time winner 🏆🏆🏆
Most clean sheets in history 🚫
1st player to feature in 20 seasons 😎
Record 177 appearances 👏
2nd player to reach 100 wins 💪#UCL | #HBD | @IkerCasillas pic.twitter.com/3dFXRKeUxA
Happy 40th birthday Iker!