Pictures : Iker Casillas has won 5 IFFHS Trophies of THE WORLD’S BEST GOALKEEPER 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.
Porto’s Iker Casillas made his 1000th professional appearance last sunday 2 April , but the iconic goalkeeper’s milestone ended in defeat.
Having made his debut for Real Madrid in 1999, Casilas stepped out for the 1000th time in his great career. It did not go according to plan, however, as Portuguese giants Porto were swept aside by Belenenses.
The 36 year old – Spain most capped player with 167 international appearances – emerged from Madrid’s youth system 19 years ago , going on to amass 725 matches for his boyhood club.
During his time at the Santiago Bernabeu, Iker Casillas won five LaLiga titles ( 2001/2002, 2002/2003, 2006/2007, 2007/2008, 2011/2012) and three Champions League crowns ( 1999/2000, 2001/2002, 2013/2014) among other trophies before leaving for Porto in 2015.
Since joining Porto, Casillas, who also won the European Championships (2008, 2012) and the 2010 World Cup with Spain, has played 108 games with the Portuguese team before leaving at the end of the season.
Iker Casillas made history as he became the second active player after the other Legend Goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon (1044 matches) to reach the incredible landmark of 1000. Five Goalkeepers are in the Top 10 of the players to have played over 1000 games : 1 ) Peter Shilton (England) 1377 – 2 ) Rogerio Ceni (Brazil) 1234 – 3 ) Ray Clemence (England) 1114 – 6 ) Pat Jennings (North Ireland) 1089 – 10 ) Gianluigi Buffon (Italy) 1044 (Iker Casillas is at the 20th place). Roberto Carlos (Brazil) n° 4 with 1102 matches, Javier Zanetti (Argentina) n° 5 with 1102, Tony Ford (England) n° 7 with 1080, Djalma Santos (Brazil) n°8 with 1045 and Alan Ball (England) with 1045 complete the Top 10 ranking.