Real Madrid legend Iker Casillas was reportedly rushed to hospital with a heart attack.
The Portuguese media state that Casillas suffered a heart attack during a training session at FC Porto earlier today. At the time, the club were preparing for Saturday’s league match against Aves.
Fortunately, though, a member of the Porto medical team did confirm to Portuguese television channel TVI that Casillas is stable and conscious.
The Spanish World Cup winner underwent emergency surgery in a hospital in Porto, where he had a heart catheterization. Thus, he will no longer be available for the rest of the season.
Sergio Conceicao’s side currently trail Primeira Liga leaders Benfica by two points. And the absence of Casillas, who won his first league title in Portugal last season, will come as a big loss.
At the age of 37, however, it’s now uncertain as to whether or not Casillas will continue his playing career after this serious health scare.
The Real legend has been at Porto since 2015, where he’s made 156 appearances in all competitions in Portugal.
Despite his age, Casillas’ strong performances convinced Porto to award him a new one-year deal in March. An option to extend it for another season was included, which would keep him at the club until 40.
“Today is a very special day. I feel at home at this club. I want to stay here until I finish my career as a footballer,” said Casillas in March.
“When I got here, many would think it would be to play a year or two and finish. I only have words of appreciation to this club. Not only to the club but to the city itself.
“Our idea is to compete for the missing titles. We have a total focus on the championship and the possible final of the Portuguese Cup, where we want to be. In the Champions League, anything can happen.
“My head is only in FC Porto. I will finish my career here and represent the values of the club and the values of the Portistas. After that, frankly, I don’t know, but I hope I’m always tied to football.”
Below are some of the tributes that have been pouring in for Casillas this afternoon.
— Gareth Bale (@GarethBale11) May 1, 2019
— Kasper Schmeichel (@kschmeichel1) May 1, 2019