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Leno names Iker Casillas as his footballing hero

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Bernd Leno has revealed that he has followed Iker Casillas throughout his career.

Arsenal goalkeeper Brend Leno recently suggested that he idolized Iker Casillas while growing up. The German international recalled Casillas’ heroics in the 2002 Champions League final against Bayer Leverkusen.

As reported by Sky Sports, Bernd Leno also expressed his desire to play against the former Real Madrid captain. The 27-year mentioned that he wanted to meet Iker Casillas so that he could enquire about his methods.

“My first and last footballing hero is Iker Casillas – he was amazing,” Bernd Leno said.

“I remember the Champions League final in 2002 against my former club Bayer Leverkusen. He played amazingly and was only 18 years old. He was just unbelievable, and he saved Real Madrid the title.

“Since then he was my idol, and I’ve followed him throughout my career, watching videos. Unfortunately, I’ve never played against him, but hopefully, I will, or I will meet him.

“Maybe he can play again for Porto when he comes back from his injury, but hopefully one day I can meet him. If I only had one question that I could ask him, it would be ‘how have you managed to be so good?’,” Bernd Leno insisted.