MADRID – Former Spain and Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas said on Monday that his health status is improving and his heart is happy after he suffered a heart attack while training for his Portuguese club Porto.
Casillas uploaded a song titled “corazon contento” (“happy heart”) by Argentine composer Palito Ortega to his official Twitter account.
“Good morning, I am with a #happy heart and what about you? I am getting better!” Casillas wrote.
He could be discharged later on Monday to continue the recovering process at home.
Casillas was hospitalized Wednesday after suffering a heart attack at Porto’s training ground.
The Spaniard, set to turn 38 this month, suffered an acute myocardial infarction during the training session and was rushed to CUF Hospital, where doctors performed a catheterization.
“Fortunately, (the problem) was diagnosed quickly and the procedures came out well,” Dr. Nelson Puga, FC Porto’s team physician, said, describing Casillas as “fine, stable, with his characteristic good humor, calm and accompanied by his family.”
The club said earlier that the goalkeeper’s heart problem was “resolved.”
Real Madrid responded to the news of his heart attack with a statement of support.
“Iker Casillas taught us during his professional career how to overcome the most incredible challenges to bring the club to new heights of glory,” the Blancos organization said of their former long-time captain.
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez later on May 1 expressed his support for Casillas and wrote to Twitter: “A big hug for Iker Casillas and his family, we look forward to his quick recovery and having him back to goalkeeping.”
Likewise, other political leaders took advantage of the social networks to express their encouragement to the former player for Real Madrid and the Spanish national team.
People’s Party president Pablo Casado tweeted: “Be strong Iker Casillas; Come on, champion, I wish you a speedy recovery. A hug to the whole family.”
The President of Portugal, Rebelo de Sousa, on May 2 telephoned the World Cup-winning goalkeeper to learn about his health as soon de Sousa’s plane had landed in the Iberian nation; the president was returning from a state trip to China.
In his 16 years with Real Madrid, Casillas won the UEFA Champions League three times, LaLiga five times, the Copa del Rey twice, the Spanish Super Cup four times and the FIFA Club World Cup twice.
He was just 19 when he hoisted the Champions League trophy for the first time in 2000, becoming the youngest goalkeeper to triumph in Europe’s elite club competition.
With Porto, Casillas has won the 2017-2018 Primeira Liga crown and the 2018 Portugal Super Cup.
Casillas also leads all goalkeepers with 187 Champions League appearances and has posted the highest number of clean sheets in the tournament: 59.
Capped 167 times, Casillas was part of the Spain side that won the 2010 FIFA World Cup and the European Championship in 2008 and 2012.
Porto is currently two points behind Primeira Liga leaders Benfica with two matches left in the domestic season.