Concise News reports that the former Spain international, who now plies his trade with FC Porto after spending the rest of his career at Real Madrid, is understood to be ‘out of danger’ after being urgently taken into care this morning.
Casillas, 37, is one of the most successful footballers of the modern era. Born in Mostoles, the goalkeeper has played over 1,000 career games and has won every trophy there is to win, including leading Spain to their first-ever World Cup triumph at South Africa 2010. Casillas holds the Spanish record for most international appearances (167), has been nominated for the Ballon d’Or and won the Champions League three times.
After being forced out of Madrid by Jose Mourinho, Casillas has spent the twilight of his career with Porto, one of Portugal’s most successful clubs.
It was at Porto training on Wednesday morning where the veteran keeper was taken from the field feeling unwell.
Local reports from Maisfutebol say that Casillas was rushed into surgery but that he is now conscious and out of danger. The Spaniard is understood to have undergone cardiac catheterisation.
Un abrazo enorme a @IkerCasillas en este momento. Fuerza Iker !
— Rafa Nadal (@RafaelNadal) May 1, 2019
Spanish tennis champion Rafael Nadal was among the leading figures to send his best wishes to Casillas, saying: “A big hug to you Iker at this moment. Fuerza Iker.”
— Sergio Ramos (@SergioRamos) May 1, 2019
Former Spain and Madrid teammate Sergio Ramos sent prayers for the stricken goalkeeper.
— Gareth Bale (@GarethBale11) May 1, 2019
Stay strong, @IkerCasillas! Our best wishes for a quick and complete recovery
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) May 1, 2019
Gareth Bale, arch-rivals FC Barcelona too sent their best wishes.