The 13-time European champions revealed in a statement on Tuesday that former Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas is returning to the club to take on a role within its establishment.
From 1999 to 2015, Casillas went through the youth ranks of the club and continued to play in the first team, winning 19 titles, including three Champions Leagues and five Spanish championships.
“Real Madrid CF has announced that Iker Casillas has joined the Real Madrid Foundation as an assistant to the general director,” the club announced without explaining the scope of the new position of Casillas.
“Iker Casillas is a Real Madrid legend who represents the values of our club and is the best goalkeeper in our history.”
The Foundation carries out activities related to football, such as the recent sponsorship of internships in China for young players and the organization of workshops on sports psychology.
Capped 167 times by Spain, with whom he won the 2010 World Cup, as well as the Euros of 2008 and 2012, Casillas returns to the club five years after leaving to finish his career in Porto.
“Proud to come home. I face this new challenge with all the desire and all the enthusiasm possible, thank you for the welcome!” Casillas said on Twitter.
In May 2019, he suffered a heart attack in training and formally retired from playing at the age of 39 on August 4.