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An Emotional Farewell: Real Madrid’s Iker Casillas Leaves Club After 25 Years

Moremi Elekwachi

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It’s official – Iker Casillas is no longer playing for Real Madrid.

After months of speculation, the 34-year-old footballer and captain of the team, broke the news in an emotionally charged news conference on Sunday, ESPN FC reports.

Casillas has spent 25 years at the club, and has made 725 official appearances. Although he has two years left on his contract with Real Madrid, he has had three difficult seasons. As a result, he has decided to get a fresh start by moving to Porto, which is widely regarded as the second most successful Portuguese football club.

Here is an excerpt from Casillas’ farewell speech:

“First of all, thanks to everyone for coming here and for supporting me at this special time. I have come to this great stadium to say goodbye to everyone, and especially to all the Madridistas.

Since yesterday I am no longer a Real Madrid player and I will now go to FC Porto. My decision to go to FC Porto was based on two factors — the enthusiasm that their club president, coach — who I know well — and the staff have transmitted to me.

Secondly, the affection that I have received when people found out that my destination would be Portugal.

I will do all I can not to let them down and I will try to win as many titles as possible with them. Thank you, FC Porto, for trusting me.”

Photo Credit: ESPN FC

Moremi Elekwachi is a Media and Communications expert. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Georgia, and a Master’s Degree in Communication Management (with a concentration in Marketing communication) from the University of Southern California.She is Founder and Lead Publicist at Euphorique PR, a leading full-service Public Relations & Marketing Communications company that helps individuals, companies and public figures effectively communicate, engage, and build relationships with their target audiences & stakeholders via digital media and traditional media platforms.Prior to establishing Euphorique PR, Moremi gathered a wealth of experience, working at prestigious media companies both at home and abroad including Wondros (Los Angeles, CA), Wildflower PR, and also BellaNaija, where she served as News Editor & Head of Business Development.Moremi is also the founder of www.queenmoremi.com, a fresh platform dedicated to empowering and celebrating the modern African millennial woman, as she strives to live her best life.In her spare time, she loves to write, gossip about popular culture, and sing her heart out.@queenmoremi: Twitter@queenmoremi: Facebook @queenmoremi: Instagram

12 Comments

  1. chy

    July 13, 2015 at 10:47 am

    34 minus 25 gives me 9
    so he was with the club since hes 9yrs old or am i dreaming?farewell sha

    • Ashley

      July 13, 2015 at 11:44 am

      Very possible. Catch them young. Drogba’s son signed up to Chelsea’s under-8 a few years ago. Club have academies for kids.

    • chy

      July 13, 2015 at 12:52 pm

      thank u for educating me ashley.i appreciate

  2. Ashley

    July 13, 2015 at 10:55 am

    Give me Barcelona any day. Real madrid, a club without class.

    • EllesarisEllendil

      July 13, 2015 at 11:20 am

      Abeg what is class???? Barcelona aren’t angels themselves you know.

      No other club trumps Arsenal for class even sensible bad belle people acknowledge this.

  3. carina

    July 13, 2015 at 11:02 am

    I wish him all the best

    Ck Jacob blog for fiction stories

  4. Gistyinka Blog

    July 13, 2015 at 11:36 am

    Goodluck to him

  5. Naijababeii

    July 13, 2015 at 11:44 am

    Bia Iker u won tell me say u dey play ball with r/madrid since u were 9yrs abi na goalkeeping u dey do? haba at 9 u were suppose to be in primary 5 bikonu futbul age na wah. I WISH U WELL IN FC PORTO

  6. Olori Tari

    July 13, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    A man who has been there since 9 years old! Smh…so sad how Madrid just treated a legend! In fact it started since Mourinho. Look at how Barcelona did Xavi and Puyol… but this? no farewell, no fanfare, they didn’t even follow him to this press conference (not even one club executive). I hope they go back, think about it and throw him some badass farewell ceremony, if he decides not to reject this.

    Legend forever!

  7. Polypoly

    July 13, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    Who cares and why is this news???
    @BN – there are naija football clubs too you know…smh!!! Continue to be slaves to whitey and not elevate your own at home. Smh!!!

    • Ello Bae

      July 13, 2015 at 7:44 pm

      Boy give it a rest!

  8. bunmi

    July 13, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    Wetin u xpect make madrid do ? Iker don old na , make e go porto go retire since e nor gree retire 4 madrid

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