It is only right to bid farewell to a club you’ve spent most of your life at and won accolades. Iker Casillas did just that, as he confirmed he was a Porto player now in a press conference.
The Spaniard brought an end to 25 years at the Santiago Bernabeu when a deal with FC Porto was finally agreed on.
Casillas was in tears as he bid goodbye to the fans alone, which is really sad and disrespectful of Madrid. He thanked them for the trophy rich years he spent at the club.
“I have come to this great stadium today to say goodbye to all of you,” he said. “Especially to the Madrid fans. As of Saturday I’m no longer a Real Madrid player, now I’ll be a Porto player.
“I am moving to Porto for many reasons. Firstly I am joining Porto because of the excitement that the coach has transmitted to me.
“Secondly, because of their affection – they have won me over. I’ll do everything I can to not disappoint them and fight as hard as possible to win as many titles as I possibly can there.”
“This club didn’t just teach me how to be a sportsman, it taught me how to be a person,” he explained.
“I’ve learned a lot from all of my coaches. They have been a fundamental part of my development and my career.
“Every day we’ve been forming a part of Real Madrid and they’ve always supported me.
“I want to say thank you to my parents and all my family.
“Thank you to the Madrid fans for their unconditional support, helping me lift every cup, every triumph, for being with me in the good moments and the bad moments. For giving me a hand when I needed lifting up.
“I don’t want to be remembered as a good goalkeeper or a bad goalkeeper, I just want to be remembered as a good person.
“Thank you. Thank you. A thousand thank yous. Wherever I go, I will always shout ‘Hala Madrid!’
“Iâ€™m sure in the future weâ€™ll see each other. Iâ€™m not going to say goodbye, because itâ€™s not goodbye. I hope to see you soon. Thank you, to all of you.”