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Report: Iker Casillas to retire from football after heart attack

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Real Madrid legend Iker Casillas has reportedly decided to retire from football after falling victim to a heart attack earlier this month.

Spanish goalkeeper Casillas was submitted to the hospital for emergency surgery on May 1 after suffering an acute myocardial infarction during training at his current club FC Porto in Portugal.

The 37-year-old underwent a heart catheterization, but he was soon in a stable condition and was discharged from the hospital five days later.

Since these events, however, doubts have been steadily creeping on over whether Casillas’ playing days have ended after such a major health scare.

Although the World Cup winner refused to open on his future plans as he left the hospital.

“I will have to wait a couple of weeks or a couple of months, the truth is I don’t care (how long),” Casillas told reporters outside the hospital.

“I don’t know what will happen in the future but the most important thing is to be here and to be able to speak with calm.”

But Porto-based newspaper O Jogo has claimed that Casillas will announce his retirement shortly. Apparently, he doesn’t want to fuel all the uncertainty over his future.

The Spaniard will allegedly confirm his plans after Porto’s final two matches of the season in the Primeira Liga and the Portuguese Cup final against Sporting on May 25.

The club’s chairman, Pinto da Costa, has already offered Casillas a role in Porto’s backroom staff. It will also involve him becoming an ambassador.

Casillas has been in Portugal since 2015, where he’s made 156 appearances in all competitions for Porto.

Despite his age, Casillas’ strong performances convinced the club to award him a new one-year deal in March. An option to extend it for another season was included, which would have kept him at the club until 40.

MADRID, SPAIN – MAY 05: Real Madrid send a message to former team mate Iker Casillas prior to the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Villarreal CF at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on May 05, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)