PORTO, Portugal – The President of Portugal telephoned on Thursday former Spain and Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas to learn about his health.
The call to Casillas from Rebelo de Sousa came as soon as the president’s plane had landed in the Iberian nation; the president was returning from a state trip to China.
“He (Casillas) was in a very good mood, in very high spirits,” sources from Portugal’s Presidency said about the telephone call.
The World Cup-winning Casillas is set to turn 38 this month and suffered an acute myocardial infarction during a training session Wednesday and was rushed to CUF Hospital, where doctors performed a catheterization.
President De Sousa’s office explained that the Spanish goalkeeper, who currently plays in Portugal for FC Porto, was “very happy to talk,” adding that he had been “very grateful for the call, which was brief.”
The Portuguese president’s call is further evidence of the enormous interest generated by Casillas’ heart attack. Casillas joined the Portuguese side in 2015.
Porto published a note saying that the legendary goalkeeper is getting better and that Casillas “continues to be hospitalized, (improving) favorably according to expectations and without any kind of complication.”
On Wednesday night, Dr. Nelson Puga, FC Porto’s team physician, said Casillas would fully recover, however, the doctor added that the net-minder will need a further test to assess whether he can play again at a high level.
Following the announcement of the heart attack Wednesday, the messages of support for the Spanish soccer great spread across social media, especially from Casillas’ former club, Real Madrid.
Porto expressed the club’s gratitude for those messages supporting its goalie.
Later on Wednesday, Casillas posted a photo of himself smiling in his hospital bed, saying, “All under control here! A big scare but everything is intact. Thanks so much for all the messages and affection.”
The keeper’s wife, Sara Carbonero, also shared a photo of her holding hands with Casillas late Wednesday.
“Life sometimes has that strange way of reminding us to celebrate each heartbeat,” she wrote.