Iker Casillas is a living legend – Rafa Benitez

Iker Casillas is a living legend – Rafa Benitez


New Real Madrid boss Rafa Benitez has described Iker Casillas as a living legend and wished him luck on his new adventure in Portugal.

The 34-year-old goalkeeper ended his career with the Santiago Bernabeu club this week after agreeing a two-year deal with Porto.

He leaves having made 710 appearance for the club – the second highest – as well as lifting an impressive haul of trophies including five La Liga titles, three Champions League trophies, two Copas del Rey, the Spanish Supercopa, European Super Cup and World Club Cup.

While others have taken to the press to debate whether the keeper was forced out or not, or whether he was treated badly by Real, Benitez was keen to thank Casillas for his contribution down the years.

Speaking to Real Madrid TV in Australia, where Los Blancos are preparing for the new season, the manager commented: “Iker is a living legend at Real Madrid and the best goalkeeper in the club’s history. We all know how important he has always been. He has made the decision to leave and to go to another club.

“As coach, I have to respect that decision and wish him the very best of luck. I believe that he will remain in the hearts of all Madridistas and from here on I wish him success, I hope that everything goes really well for him and that he enjoys being at a great club and in a great city. There’s not much more to say, except to express my respect and admiration for him.”