Spain legend Iker Casillas makes 1,000th appearances in Porto defeat
Porto goalkeeper Iker Casillas made his 1,000th professional appearance on Monday in a 2-0 Primeira Liga defeat to Belenenses.
Casillas made his debut for Real Madrid in 1999, when he came out of the club's youth system, and went on to make 725 appearances with Los Blancos, winning five La Liga titles and the Champions League three times.
The 36-year-old is also Spain's most-capped player with 167 international appearances. He was instrumental in Spain's triumphs at the European Championships in 2008 and 2012, and in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Throughout his career he also kept 385 clean sheets.
Casillas' former Real Madrid and Spain teammate Sergio Ramos congratulated the goalkeeper on Twitter, stating he is also targeting his milestone.
Alcanzarte con 'La Roja' lo veo más cerca 🙄, llegar a 1.000 partidos como profesional va a tener que esperar un poco más 😜. ¡Enhorabuena por hacer de tu sueño una realidad, melón!😘 @IkerCasillas https://t.co/66gxxYNir1— Sergio Ramos (@SergioRamos) April 2, 2018
"I already see myself getting close to surpassing your caps record with Spain," he wrote."Getting to 1,000 matches as a professional might have to wait."Well done for making your dream reality, silly."
Juventus legend and fellow goalkeeper also congratulated Casillas for his achievement in a video posted by Porto's official Twitter page.
"I want to congratulate you [Casillas]," he said. "You must be proud of what you accomplished. You are showing everybody that you can still compete against people almost half your age. The real youth is the one we have within us."
Casillas has played 108 games for Porto since he joined the Portuguese club in July 2015. Porto are currently second in the Primeira Liga, one point behind leaders Benfica.