- Full name Iker Casillas
- Birth date May 20, 1981
- Birth place Mostoles, Spain
- Current age 35 years 5 days
- Height 6 ft 1 in
Captain of his country and a hero to millions of Madridistas, Casillas also has a strong claim to the title of the finest goalkeeper of his generation. The Real Madrid icon has won tournaments with his country at Under-15, U-17 and U-19 level, but his crowning glory was lifting the Euro 2008, World Cup and Euro 2012 trophies in four stellar years.
Nicknamed San Iker ('Saint Iker') at Real Madrid, Casillas is a rare homegrown talent among a sea of galacticos having joined the club at the age of nine. He made his first-team debut under the current national coach, Vicente del Bosque, in the 1998-99 season and cemented his place the following year when becoming the youngest goalkeeper to appear in a Champions League final when beating Valencia just four days after his 19th birthday.
A rare slump in form saw him dropped for the encounter with Bayer Leverkusen two years later but he appeared as a substitute in the second half in Glasgow and won the trophy for Real with a series of superb saves.
Casillas has been an established and respected member of the first XI ever since and has played a major role in Real's extensive success over the past decade - winning almost everything there is to win in the game.
Strengths: As the last line of defence in a team that often pays scant regard to such an art, Casillas gets plenty of practice and frequently demonstrates his impressive reflexes, superb agility and innate ability to pull off a spectacular save. His forceful personality and will to win ensure he is a born leader.
Weaknesses: His aura of invincibility has been slightly dented in recent years due to a handful of mistakes and he can be slightly rash when rushing off his line.
Career high: Lifting the World Cup trophy at Soccer City in 2010.
Career low: A humbling experience at the Bernabeu last season when arch rivals Barcelona smashed six past Casillas in May in a game that effectively clinched the league title for the Catalans.
Style: Energetic, extravagant, commanding, a leader from the back.
Quotes: "Iker is the perfect captain. I'd give him ten out of ten for everything he does as a keeper, a captain and in the way he behaves. He sees everything so clearly. The whole squad deserve a ten but Casillas more than anyone. As the captain he's the one I speak to the most. He's a phenomenon." Luis Aragones, June 2008.
Trivia: Casillas is very superstitious and every time Real Madrid score a goal he has to touch his own crossbar.
- Madrid stars turn sights on Manchester United (Feb 27, 2013)
- Casillas set to miss United clash (Jan 24, 2013)
- Casillas bemoans wrong result (Nov 12, 2011)
- Mourinho makes veiled threat to drop Casillas (Mar 11, 2011)
Casillas dismisses Mourinho to Manchester City link (Jan 20, 2011)