Iker Casillas retires from football nine months after suffering a heart attack
Iker Casillas retires from football nine months after suffering a heart attack
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Iker Casillas retires from football nine months after suffering a heart attack

Legendary Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas has retired from football this as confirmed by Porto president Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa.

The move comes just days after the 38-year-old announced that he will run to become the next president of the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF).

Pinto da Costa said: “I was very happy. Casillas had an attitude that touched me a lot because before announcing the candidacy he made a point of coming to Porto to have lunch with me to communicate that he would make that decision and end his career.

“He has a great career, in which he has only been in two clubs and we know he has both at heart.”

Posting on Twitter earlier this week, the World Cup winner confirmed candidature by saying: “Yes, I will stand for the presidency of the Spanish FA when elections are called. Together we will put our federation at the top alongside the best football in the world: Spanish football.

“I've informed the president of my club FC Porto of the decision and I want to express my deepest gratitude.

“We're working on our candidacy with the highest respect. More than 23,000 voters await us in fair and transparent elections as 139 assembly members will make the key decision.

“Thanks for all the support and good wishes. Let's go for it!”

Casillas is said to have been the link between the Porto’s management and the players with the former role being more elaborate after suffering a heart attack in training in May last year; the player having not played since.

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