Iker Casillas confirms that he will stand as a candidate for the Spanish FA president and thanks Porto
Iker Casillas confirms that he will be president of the Spanish FA and expresses ‘the greatest gratitude’ to the current Porto club
- Iker Casillas will challenge the current president Luis Rubiales for the next term
- The 38-year-old suffered a heart attack in training for Porto in May of last year
- The player had set a deadline for next month if he would continue to play
- But he will end his playing career if he is elected until 2024
Iker Casillas has confirmed that he will be the next president of the Spanish Football Association (RFEF).
The 38-year-old, who lifted the World Cup with Spain in 2010, must therefore put on his gloves in the summer if he is elected to the current president Luis Rubiales.
Casillas was the contact person between the team of the first team and the board of directors of Porto after a heart attack during the training in May last year, since then he has not played.
Iker Casillas has confirmed that he will be the next president of the Spanish FA
In 2010, legendary goalkeeper Casillas led Spain to world cup glory in South Africa
Casillas, who won 167 caps for his country, had set a doctor’s deadline in March to determine whether he should continue to play or retire, and the signs were that the legendary goalkeeper hoped to resume his career with the Portuguese side .
But by posting on Twitter, Casillas confirmed that he would contest the presidency against Rubiales by saying: “Yes, I stand for the presidency of the Spanish FA when elections are being held. Together we bring our federation to the top alongside the best football in the world: Spanish football.
“I have informed the chairman of my club FC Porto about the decision and I want to express my great gratitude.
‘We are working on our candidacy with the utmost respect. More than 23,000 voters are waiting for us in fair and transparent elections, while 139 members of the meeting will make the most important decision.
But Casillas suffered a heart attack in May of last year and is considering retiring ever since
And the goalkeeper of Porto has now implied that he has hung up his boots
‘Thanks for all the support and good wishes. Let’s go for it! “
The next series of presidential elections would take place in the second half of March, just before Spain plays two friendly games against Germany and the Netherlands, but the final date for choosing a new president has yet to be confirmed.
But if the Real Madrid legend is chosen for the four-year period until 2024, this would end an illustrious 20-year career in both Spain and Portugal.
Casillas will now face current RFEF president Luis Rubiales in the proposed elections
He moved to Real Madrid in 2015 from Real Madrid, where he came through the youth system to be one of the club’s iconic players.
The goalkeeper won three Champions Leagues, five La Liga titles and two Copa del Rey crowns.
He also led the Spanish national team to victory, winning three major tournaments in a row – Euro 2008, the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012.