Iker Casillas bid an emotional farewell to Real Madrid at his official goodbye press conference last weekend, as he broke down in tears after his expected move to Porto was confirmed. Casillas joined Real as a nine-year-old, and progressed through the youth ranks to become one of the best goalkeepers of all time. He has played his whole career so far with Real, but suffered indifferent form last year, and has now sealed his switch to Portugal. Casillas made 725 appearances for Real since making his debut for the senior team in 1999. He tearfully struggled to read a statement, the day after the Bernabeu outfit confirmed his departure.
Meanwhile in a newspaper interview, his mother, María del Carmen Fernández launched into Real Madrid president Florentino Perez, blaming him for driving her boy Iker out of his boyhood club. She then went further by insulting his new club! “Porto is a second division team and my son deserves a greater one than that, such as Barcelona,” claimed Iker’s mother.
“A world champion can’t end up at Porto. He could have gone wherever he wanted and I wouldn’t have minded if it were Barcelona because they are perfect gentlemen.”