Fernando Hierro hailed former Real Madrid and Spain captain, Iker Casillas, who hung up his boots and prepares for life off the pitch.
Hierro shared the dressing room with Casillas with the Spanish national team and Los Blancos. They were in close contact when the defender was Spain’s sporting director and the goalkeeper was the captain of the national side.
Interestingly, Hierro captained both sides before handing over the armband to Raul. It would eventually land in Casillas’ lap, who had great success with it.
Spain would go on to win two European championships and land the prestigious World Cup during his reign as captain.
With Casillas announcing his retirement, Hierro has lauded the goalkeeper for his service to Spain. The 52-year-old called him an ‘exemplary captain’ and would have hoped a better end for his career.
“Being a goalkeeper is a risky profession and [Casillas] always had that self-confidence to defend Real Madrid’s goal,” Hierro told Radio MARCA.
“He was very calm between the goalposts.”
“When I joined the Spanish national team’s sports management group, he told me that I was going to suffer what he had suffered when I was captain at Real Madrid.”
“With me [as Spain’s sporting director] he was an exemplary [Spain] captain.”
“It hurts me that he didn’t say goodbye on a field, but surely the world of football welcomes him with open arms.”