5 times IFFHS World’s Best Goalkeeper award-winner, Iker Casillas is a Spanish former professional footballer who last played for Portuguese club Proto and the Spain national team. He is an Athletic goalkeeper, famous for his prompt reactions and stupendous shot-stopping ability. Also regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in football history, Iker started his professional career with Real Madrid and now serves as the deputy to the Real Madrid Foundation CEO.
Where is the World Cup Goalkeeper now? What is his Net worth in 2021? Is he Married? Who is his Wife? Read the article to know about him in detail.
Early Life and Family
A native of Mostoles, Spain, Iker Casillas was born on 20th May 1981. His birth sign is Taurus and birth name is Iker Casillas Fernandez. Talking about his nationality, he is Spanish and he is of white ethnicity. Casillas's father Jose Luis Casillas is a civil servant in the Ministry of Education and his mother Maria del Carmen Fernandez Gonzalez is a hairdresser by her profession. Though Casillas spent some years in the Basque Country, he always considered Madrid as his hometown.
He grew up alongside his brother named Unai who is 7 years younger than him and used to play as a central midfielder for CD Mostoles.
Casillas began his football career at the age of 9 with Real Madrid in the year 1990.
Following various youth levels at Real Madrid, Iker Casillas was promoted up to the senior team in the year 1999. He remained with the club for 16 seasons, as well as also served captain later. Throughout, his time at the club, he won the FIFA Club World Cup, 2 Intercontinental Cups, 2 UEFA Super Cups, 3 UEFA Champions League titles, 4 Supercopa de Espana titles, 2 Copa del Rey titles and 5 La Liga titles.
Iker Casillas has made a total of 510 appearances for the club Real Madrid without a single goal. He ranks second among the Madrian’s player by the total number of appearances.
On 11th July 2015, Casillas arrived in Portuguese Primeira Liga side Porto, signing a 2-year deal with an option of a 1-year extension. On 15th August, he made his Primeira Liga debut in a 3-0 victory against Vitoria de Guimaraes, keeping his clean sheet at the Estadio do Dragao. In the 2015-16 season, Casillas broke Edwin van der Sar's record for the cleanest sheet in Champions League history.
Casillas played 216 games for Porto and retired in 2020.
Since 1996, Iker Casillas has represented his nation at various youth levels. He was a part of the Spain U15, U16, U17, U18, U20, and U21 national teams. At the age of 19, Casillas made his international debut for Spain national team in June 2000.
Casillas is the joint sixth-most capped male football player in history, making 167 appearances for the national team. He too ranked in the joint 2nd most-capped European player of all time. In the year 2008, he became the captain of the Spain national team, leading Spanish team on to win World Cup 2010 and hold the 2012 European Championship.
Who is Iker Casillas' Wife?
The world’s renowned football goalkeeper Casillas is a married man. He tied the knot with his longtime girlfriend Sara Carbonero, on 20th March 2016, only in the presence of two witnesses in a simple ceremony in the suburban town of Boadilla del Monte. His spouse, Carbonero is a sports journalist by profession. The couple has been in a relationship since 2009. They were at the center of attraction when Casillas kissed Sara Carbonero in the lips during a live interview after his team’s World cup win in the year 2010.
On 3rd January 2014, the couple became proud parents following the birth of their first child Martin. Similarly, on 2nd June 2016, the duo welcomed their second child named Lucas.
The married pair is living a blissful life without any news and rumors related to extra-marital affairs, conflict, and divorce in their marital relationship. They often make public appearances together.
Previously, Casillas was romantically linked with Spanish Model Eva Gonzalez from 2005-2008. Then, he started dating Spanish Business Professional Anna Medinabeitia and after the separation, he has had an encounter with Spanish model Ariadne Artiles.
Since 2011, Casillas serves as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Programme’s Millennium Developments Goals. Aside, he has his own foundation for charity.
Salary, Net worth, and Endorsement
The former Los Blancos goalkeeper now serves as the deputy to the Real Madrid Foundation CEO. He reportedly earns millions in a year as of 2020. As of 2017, he was earning EUR 6,000,000 per year from his former club and used to make EUR 7.5 million while at Real Madrid.
He has an estimated net worth of around $40 million including his all assets and incomes.
Casillas’s current market value is $2.40 million whereas back in 2010 his market value was around $41.96 million, which indicated a huge decline in his market value.
Besides, In January of 2012, Casillas signed a sponsorship deal with Adidas. The move to Adidas ended a long-running association for him with Reebok, which began in the year 2004. In 2005, Casillas was the football face of Reebok’s “I Am What I Am”. He has also an endorsement deal with an online betting brand owned by GVC Holdings, bwin.
Iker Casillas owns a mansion in Mostoles, Madrid, Spain. He has a list of luxurious cars, but he prefers Audi 6 to ride.