Porto’s Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas reacts on the finish of a pleasant soccer match between Porto and Newcastle United on the Dragao Stadium in Porto on July 28, 2018. AFP
Porto president Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa mentioned on Tuesday that Iker Casillas is about to retire, a day after the World Cup-winning captain introduced he would run for the presidency of the Spanish Soccer Federation (RFEF).
Casillas, 38, had been anticipated to deliver an finish to a glittering enjoying profession after making the announcement however has by no means confirmed that he was hanging up his boots.
“Before announcing his candidacy, Iker Casillas came to see me inform me of his decision to end his career,” Pinto da Costa advised Portuguese media on Tuesday.
Casillas, who joined Porto in 2015 however suffered a coronary heart assault in April and hasn’t performed a aggressive recreation since is taken into account one of many best goalkeepers of his technology and led Spain to their first World Cup triumph in South Africa in 2010.
He performed 167 instances for Spain, additionally profitable two European Championships in 2008 and 2012, and made greater than 700 appearances for Actual Madrid, with whom he gained 5 La Liga titles and the Champions League thrice.
Casillas had been linked with the RFEF presidency for a number of months and is anticipated to run in opposition to present incumbent Luis Rubiales for the submit.
On Monday he mentioned that his purpose to “put our federation at the top of the best football in the world, the football of Spain”.
Rubiales has been in perpetual battle with Javier Tebas, the president of La Liga, and the pair have clashed over quite a few points, together with fixture scheduling, matches overseas and the postponement of the Clasico in October.
In response to the foundations, the elections must be held within the second half of this 12 months after the Tokyo Olympics however Rubiales has requested they be introduced ahead, earlier than Euro 2020, which can happen between June 12 and July 12.