Porto goalkeeper Iker Casillas corroborated his former side Real Madrid to lapse to form, as he was awarded a 2017 Golden Foot prize.
The Golden Foot is awarded to players aged over 28 and is a approval of a prolonged career in a diversion — with Casillas’ long-time opposition and crony Gianluigi Buffon of Juventus and Italy winning in 2016.
Monaco’s Prince Albert II sponsors a award, that is motionless by online voting after a shortlist is drawn adult by an general row of journalists.
Also in a using this year were Casillas’ former Madrid teammates Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos, as good as Lionel Messi, Yaya Toure, Manuel Neuer, Arjen Robben, Thiago Silva and Andrea Pirlo.
Speaking to AS during a eventuality in Monaco, Casillas was asked about Madrid’s new stumbles, that have seen them dump 8 points behind Barcelona in a La Liga pretension race, and remove 3-1 during Tottenham in a Champions League.
“Everyone is looking during Madrid wondering what is going on,” Casillas said. “This is a group that has won dual uninterrupted Champions Leagues, that is unequivocally difficult, had never been finished before. Now it seems they are not so good in La Liga and in a Champions League they mislaid a diversion to Tottenham. It all looks like problems, though we contingency wait, there are many games to go. La Liga is unequivocally long, and a Champions League does not unequivocally start until February.”
Casillas, 36, has recently mislaid his starting mark during Porto, where his agreement ends subsequent summer, though a maestro joked that he would not retire until during slightest a year after Buffon, 39, hangs adult his gloves.
— Iker Casillas (@IkerCasillas) November 7, 2017
“The finish of my career is removing closer all a time,” he said. “[But] if Buffon can strech 40, we am going to give myself a plea of timid during slightest a year after him. To have an additional year in my career.”
Previous Golden Foot winners embody Andres Iniesta, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Ryan Giggs, Roberto Baggio, Ronaldo Nazario, Roberto Carlos and Ronaldinho. Also celebrated during this year’s rite were Roberto Mancini, Michael Owen, Marcel Desailly, Oliver Kahn and Li Ming.
Casillas left Madrid underneath something of a cloud in 2015, though a bar recognised his Golden Foot win, indicating out a goalkeeper had won 19 trophies during his 16 seasons during a bar and also played alongside stream manager Zinedine Zidane.
“The Champions League that we won in 2000, a club’s eighth European Cup, is one of a many special moments in my career,” Casillas said. “What’s more, during my time during Real Madrid, we was advantageous adequate to play alongside Zidane. A actor with extensive class, everybody enjoyed a approach he played a game. Watching him on a round was a thing of beauty.”
Meanwhile, asked about Casillas’ stream conditions during Porto, Spain manager Julen Lopetegui told Cadena Ser: “If one doesn’t get to play it creates it all a some-more complicated, not only for him though for any other goalkeeper. If he doesn’t play, it creates it some-more formidable that he can come [to join a squad].
“Our wish and my enterprise is that he, only as a rest of a Spain players, get to have a starring purpose in their particular teams as shortly as possible. I’m a small bit astounded [by Casillas being benched] since he was carrying a pretentious season, he was personification unequivocally well.”
ESPN FC’s Spain match Adriana Garcia contributed to this report.
Dermot Corrigan is a Madrid-based football author who covers La Liga and a Spain inhabitant group for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter @dermotmcorrigan