Iker Casillas might never play football again after suffering a heart attack during training on Wednesday morning.
The 37-year-old goalkeeper was rushed to hospital following his collapse and was treated well enough in time to ensure he was out of danger.
Casillas in a social media post admitted he suffered a ‘big scare’ and thanked everybody for their messages of support in a Twitter post from his hospital bed. He said;
“All controlled here, a big scare but with the forces intact. Thank you very much for the messages and affection.”
Todo controlado por aquí, un susto grande pero con las fuerzas intactas. Muchísimas gracias a todos por los mensajes y el cariño 😃💪🏼 pic.twitter.com/i3TXsELUGD
— Iker Casillas (@IkerCasillas) May 1, 2019
And while several medical professionals urged patience and caution, the prognosis seemed to be that the former Madrid goalkeeper would not have to hang up his gloves for good.
“We will have to wait to see how his body heals and then study the results of the rigorous medical tests he will be put through,” Dr Jose Gonzalez told AS.
“His heart could return to functioning as normal and he might have the chance to return to his profession.”
According to Marca, Porto are focusing on making sure Casillas can live a normal life after such a serious incident, rather than on returning to top level sport.
Despite his deal running until 2020, there is a strong chance that Wednesday’s events will bring to a close what has been one of modern football’s most stellar careers.
Casillas captained Spain to glory at the 2010 World Cup, conceding just twice in seven matches and keeping a clean sheet in all four knock out games.
He also won the European Championships in 2008 and 2012, and was capped 167 times by Spain – a national record.