|
|
|
|
Search: 
Latin American Herald Tribune
Venezuela Overview
Venezuelan Embassies & Consulates Around The World
Sites/Blogs about Venezuela
Venezuelan Newspapers
Facts about Venezuela
Venezuela Tourism
Embassies in Caracas

Colombia Overview
Colombian Embassies & Consulates Around the World
Government Links
Embassies in Bogota
Media
Sites/Blogs about Colombia
Educational Institutions

Stocks

Commodities
Crude Oil
US Gasoline Prices
Natural Gas
Gold
Silver
Copper

Euro
UK Pound
Australia Dollar
Canada Dollar
Brazil Real
Mexico Peso
India Rupee

Antigua & Barbuda
Aruba
Barbados
Cayman Islands
Cuba
Curacao
Dominica

Grenada
Haiti
Jamaica
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Belize
Costa Rica
El Salvador
Honduras
Nicaragua
Panama

Bahamas
Bermuda
Mexico

Argentina
Brazil
Chile
Guyana
Paraguay
Peru
Uruguay

What's New at LAHT?
Follow Us On Facebook
Follow Us On Twitter
Most Viewed on the Web
Popular on Twitter
Receive Our Daily Headlines


  HOME | Sports (Click here for more)

Casillas: Future in Soccer Uncertain after Heart Attack

PORTO, Portugal – Former Spain and Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas said on Monday that his future as a professional soccer player is unclear after he suffered a heart attack last week.

The goalie was hospitalized on Wednesday after suffering a heart attack at the training ground of his Portuguese club, FC Porto.

“I feel much better, it will be a rest for a couple of weeks or even a couple of months, the truth is that I do not care, the important thing is to be here,” Casillas told journalists outside hospital after he was discharged.

During his brief statement outside CUF Hospital in Lisbon, he expressed his gratitude for the support he had received in recent days, saying that people can count on him being “lucky.”

Barely able to control his tears, Casillas also thanked the medical staff at Porto and at the hospital, who helped him get over his crisis, adding: “We had to wait and let the heart, the body and the head settle.”

Earlier in the day, Casillas uploaded a song titled “Corazon Contento” (Happy Heart) by Argentine singer Palito Ortega to his Twitter account.

“Good morning, I am with a #happy heart and what about you? I am getting better!” he wrote.

Casillas, who will turn 38 years old this month, will continue his recovery at home after he had suffered an acute myocardial infarction during a training session and was rushed to 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.

He described 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 said in a statement: “Iker Casillas taught us during his professional career how to overcome the most incredible challenges to bring the club to new heights of glory.”

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.”

Political leaders took to social media to express their encouragement.

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, telephoned Casillas to learn about his health on May 2 as soon de Sousa ‘s plane had landed 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.

While at Porto, Casillas has won the 2017-2018 Primeira Liga crown and the 2018 Portugal Super Cup.

He has 187 Champions League appearances, the most of any goalkeeper, and 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.

 

Enter your email address to subscribe to free headlines (and great cartoons so every email has a happy ending!) from the Latin American Herald Tribune:

 

Copyright Latin American Herald Tribune - 2005-2019 © All rights reserved