The legendary goalkeeper made an emotional farewell to his club in July 2015 before moving to Porto. “I will never forget you, and you can be sure that wherever I go, I will continue to shout ‘Hala Madrid’.
Iker Casillas: “I will continue to shout ‘Hala Madrid’
Numerous voices from all over the rivalry between Barcelona and Real Madrid agree on one thing: Iker Casillas should not have left Los Blancos the way he did. The legendary goalkeeper made an emotional farewell to his club in July 2015 before moving to Porto. “I will never forget you, and you can be sure that wherever I go, I will continue to shout ‘Hala Madrid’. I am not going to say goodbye, because I am sure there will be more to come,” Casillas said. “See you soon and wish you all the best. It’s over.” In his recent Movistar documentary, ‘Colgar las Alas’, Casillas and other football figures reflect on that cold goodbye. “The departure of a player who has been with the club for 25 years, especially at Real Madrid, cannot be like this. I think both sides were wrong,” Casillas said.
In football, people have short memories
“For myself for wanting to leave immediately, the club, possibly for being unprepared. Personally, every time I see it, I feel bad”. The former goalkeeper’s longtime rival Xavi also felt that things had to be done a little differently. “It sucked for him, to be honest,” Xavi said. “Without going straight out the back door, but it was all a little soulless.” Xavi’s midfield partner Andrés Iniesta agreed that it was not done correctly. “For me, it was not a farewell goodbye Iker Casillas,” Iniesta said. Gerard Pique, meanwhile, held the novel in his hands as an example of how cruel football can be. “He ended up leaving the club in a way that will also go down in history. And it shows that in football people have short memories and everything is very fleeting,” said Pique.
Even Jose Mourinho, who famously did not have the best relations with Casillas, felt the manner of his departure was unfair. “It was an ugly and undeserved exit,” Mourinho said. Former Real Madrid player Jorge Valdano also squeezed in. “He should have left in such a way that fitted Iker Casillas, not like any old exile,” Valdano said.