Iker Casillas, a World Cup winner with Spain, is in the hospital after suffering a heart attack during training, per reports from Portugal.
FC Porto confirmed the news of its goalkeeper with a two tweets, the first roughly translated as “Always together” with a photo of Casillas.
— FC Porto (@FCPorto) May 1, 2019
Casillas, 37, is “out of danger,” according to The Independent, after being rushed to the hospital from practice with FC Porto. He was reportedly not feeling well and was taken into surgery upon arrival, per reports from Maisfutebol.
Fortunately, Casillas was able to share an update on social media from his hospital bed and flash a thumbs up:
Todo controlado por aquí, un susto grande pero con las fuerzas intactas. Muchísimas gracias a todos por los mensajes y el cariño 😃💪🏼 pic.twitter.com/i3TXsELUGD
— Iker Casillas (@IkerCasillas) May 1, 2019
Translated: “Everything is under control here, a big scare but strong as ever. Thank you to everyone for the messages and love.”
He is not expected to play again this season for FC Porto. The team lost to Liverpool last month in the Champions League knockout stages. They’ll return to the pitch Saturday for the first of three remaining Primeira Liga matches.
Porto is second with 76 points and Casillas started all 42 games for Porto this season. He signed a two-year contract in March, per Goal.
Casillas is one of the world’s most successful soccer players. The goalkeeper aided Spain to its first World Cup title in 2010 as well as the 2008 and 2012 Euros. He holds the country’s record for most international appearances at 167.
In total he’s played more than 1,000 career games and has won every applicable trophy possible.
He won La Liga five times and earned Champions League titles three times with Real Madrid (1999-2000, 2001-02, 2013-14). Casillas won two Copa del Rey titles and had 725 appearances for the team, a record in the Champions League, and helped lead Real Madrid to 19 total titles before leaving to play in Portugal.
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