Iker Casillas Fernández is a retired Spanish professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper, widely regarded as one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time. Throughout his career, Casillas won numerous titles, including five La Liga titles and three UEFA Champions League titles with Real Madrid, as well as the FIFA World Cup and two UEFA European Championships with the Spanish national team. His individual accolades include the IFFHS World’s Best Goalkeeper award, which he received for five consecutive years, and he is one of the few players to have made over 1,000 professional career appearances.
Casillas began his senior career with Real Madrid in 1999 and remained with the club until 2015 before moving to FC Porto, where he continued to add to his trophy haul. Notably, he holds records for the most clean sheets in the UEFA Champions League and for Spain’s national team. Beyond his on-field achievements, Casillas has been recognized for his sportsmanship and leadership, serving as captain for both Real Madrid and the Spanish national team during significant portions of his career. His impact extended off the field, where he was admired for his charitable work and professionalism.
Throughout his illustrious career, Casillas collaborated with some of football’s most prominent figures, including coaches like Vicente del Bosque, José Mourinho, and Carlo Ancelotti, as well as teammates such as Sergio Ramos, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Xavi Hernández. His rivalry with goalkeepers such as Gianluigi Buffon and Manuel Neuer were also highlights within the global football community.