Thank you for years and years of your dedication and devotion. Thank you for being an amazing leader on and off the pitch. Thank you for being the best captain you could be and always being there for the club. Thank you for being the heart of Real Madrid. You’re irreplaceable and will always be our #1. Good luck with what your future has to offer you. Remember that once a madridista, always a madridista
First of all, I want to thank all of you for being here in such a especial day. I have come to this great stadium to say good-bye to all of you and, more importantly, to all madridistas. Since yesterday, I am no longer a Real Madrid player, as I am set to join FC Porto. I have made this decision because of the great illusion that their president, staff and coach have expressed about my signing for them, and the great signs of affection I have received from their fans since the rumors came out. I hope I will not disappoint their fans and will be able to lift a big number of trophies with them.
I wish to speak to all madridistas now, after having spent twenty-five years in the biggest club in the world. It is a tough day for me, because I am saying good-bye to a great institution. It seems like yesterday, when I was nine years old, when I first wore Real Madrid T-shirt and made my dream come true. All this time I have suffered, laughed and cried to defend this club, but I have always felt supported by my partners and the fans. This club has made me what I am now, as it has helped me to grow with the principles of respect, fellowship and humility, and I have always tried to show them.
I want to pay a tribute to all my partners, whom I have lived unique moments with, as we have grown to be great friends, even family. Also to all my coaches and their staffs, since all of them have taught me valuable things and have given me great advice, and also for their friendship, their experience and their professionalism. I also wish to thank Real Madrid staff, as they are an essential part of what we do every day, my parents and my family, who have always supported me, and my wife and son who will always come with me and give me their unconditional support.
Finally, I want to thank all madridistas all around the world, those who have embraced me as their captain in the last five years. I have always said that I want to be reminded not only as a good or bad goalkeeper, but, more importantly, as a good person. I want to thank all of you for your support and tell you that I will never forget you. Wherever I go, I will keep shouting “¡Hala Madrid
Happy 34th Birthday San Iker! Words cannot desribe how much I love you!Thank you for everything you’ve done for this club! It wouldn’t be the same without you. Wishing you a beautiful day with lots of smiles!
Iker Casillas and Real Madrid are one and the
same thing. From the very beginning, it was clear that he was a special
goalkeeper with great strengths and the gift of being almost unbeatable.
He has proved to be a born leader in all of the
teams he has played for both at Real Madrid and for Spain. In his first
Champions League Final, he performed brilliantly to help his team win their
eighth European Cup. That same season, he played so well that he also won the
Bravo Award for the best young player of the year. He has won everything there
is to win, both for Real Madrid and for Spain. He was a key player in his
country’s victories in the UEFA European Championship in 2008 and 2012 and was
one of the Spanish heroes in the FIFA World Cup in South Africa in 2010. Iker also captained Real Madrid when winning their 10th Champion’s League trophy (La Decima) in 2014. His
fantastic saves, honoured him with the title of the world’s best goalkeeper for
five years running. Above all, Iker’s dedication and loyalty has made
him the amazing person he is today.