Spain and Real Madrid football great Iker Casillas has spoken for the first time after he was rushed to hospital following a heart attack while on training with his club FC Porto on Wednesday, May 1.
Casillas was hospitalised and underwent a successful surgery after his predicament sent the football world into panic.
Hours after his hospitalisation as announced by FC Porto, the legendary goalkeeper took to social media to share a photo from his hospital bed and a message to his fans and friends across the world.
Casillas thanked everyone for their goodwill messages and said the surgery was successful and he was stable in hospital.
“Todo controlado por aquí, un susto grande pero con las fuerzas intactas. Muchísimas gracias a todos por los mensajes y el cariño (Everything controlled here, a big scare but with the forces intact. Thank you very much everyone for the messages and the love),” the 37-year-old said.
Casillas’ hospitalisation saw the football world unite to send him goodwill messages and quick recovery.
Among them were his former club Real Madrid, Barcelona, Chelsea and Roma.
Casillas remains one of the most decorated goalkeepers in world football, having helped his country, Spain, bag the world cup in 2010 after overcoming the Netherlands.
Casillas is particularly remembered for making a trademark save that denied Arjen Robben a clear goal-scoring opportunity.
He also won three champions league crowns with Real Madrid before switching to FC Porto in 2015.