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Today, we will gossip about the best keeper in Real Madrid and Spain: Iker Casillas! For sure you know Iker because of his brilliant stops and because of his great behavior both in the pick and out of it, but today you will also discover his life and trajectory in football.
- Chilhood and first contact with football
Iker Casillas was born in Mostoles (Madrid) on the 20th of May of 1981. Since he was a kid he stood as a keeper at his school and development. People who know Iker from way back say that he is polite, affectionate and modest. When he was just 9 he signed for Real Madrid, and from that moment his life changed completely before he reached the top.
- His debut at the first team
When Iker was 15, he was called up for first time to play with Real Madrid’s first team at a Champions League match against Rosenborg, in Norway. Later, he made his debut in La Liga on the 12th of September of 1999 against Athletic Bilbao at San Mames stadium (the score was 2-2). That year Real Madrid won the Champions League and he became the youngest footballer who played and won it. The following year (1999-2000) Real won La Liga as well.
- Real Madrid, Spanish National Team and present
After two seasons being Casillas Madrid’s main keeper, he lost his place in favour of Cesar Sanchez. However, Sanchez got injured in the Champions League’s final against Leverkusen, so Iker went on to the field and became the hero of the match. From that moment, nobody put him into question when talking about who should be Real Madrid’s keeper. After that final, he became (with Figo, Zidane, Beckham…) one of the ‘Galácticos’ of Real Madrid. They won few titles and Iker made his best to achieve them.
During the season 2007-2008 he won the ‘Zamora’ prize which recognized him as the best keeper in Spain. The following year he overcame Paco Buyo having played more matches with Real Madrid (more than 454).
The last title Casillas has won with Real Madrid is La Liga 2011-2012, with Jose Mourinho as coach.
With the Spanish National Team, Casillas is as important as he is with Real Madrid. He made his debut in 2000 against Sweden, and he is now the footballer who has played more matches with ‘La Roja’. Iker has achieved 1 World Cup and 2 Euro Cup with the team!