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Víctor Valdés Pens An Emotional Letter To Iker Casillas Asking Him To Retire

Víctor Valdés Pens An Emotional Letter To Iker Casillas Asking Him To Retire

Víctor Valdés has penned an emotionally touching message to Iker Casillas that calls for him to retire from football after he had a heart attack in a training session with Porto.

Valdés and Casillas had a heated rivalry during their time at Barcelona and Real Madrid respectively, but the whole footballing world has been sending their wave of support to the 37-year-old former Los Blancos shot-stopper.

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Now, the former Manchester United and Middlesbrough player took to Instagram to share a message with Casillas, saying that he should prioritise his wellbeing over a prolonged career in football.

Thanks to a translation from Diario AS, posted below is the Barça shot-stopper's letter.

"Dear Iker, dear friend.

"In the world of soccer, some choose to be a goalkeeper while others have to learn with all of their defects and virtues.

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"You are and always will be one of those who was born with a glove on either hand. The idol that has these innate qualities that the rest of us have to reach for. An idol that the other less capable focus on, dreaming that one day they can lift, like you, the trophy that recognises you as the best, our world champion with the number one on his back.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

"You are, and forever will be the motivational force that those between the posts dream to be, someone able to [fly] higher and for longer than all of us together at once. Turning the unthinkable into reality. Executing every action close to our reach, with this magnificent save. Saves that only you can do on chosen ground for the chosen few or those touched with the 'magic wand.'

"My friend, it is inevitable to get emotional writing these lines remembering what I lived, admiring with a certain nostalgia those great battles with you in front of me that made me value everything much more, and without you knowing it and for what you gave me in each training session. A whole country acclaimed you.

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Credit: PA

"Dear Iker, dear friend,

"As goalkeepers, we accept without fear and with the values through which we identify ourselves, the danger that life decides to bring close to our areas and on this occasion it's more than one simple save. Your heart, that continues beating for the sake of those who dream of reaching what you once were, as a friend and as a rival in times gone by, I encourage you to be that white lion once again but this time on the sideline.

"It is your legacy that defines you, and this is already history.

"Always in my thoughts, from keeper to keeper.

"The double.

"V.V."

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Víctor ha querido dedicar unas palabras a su amigo @ikercasillas : Querido Iker, Querido amigo. En este mundo del fútbol, unos eligen ser portero, otros sin embargo deben aprender a serlo con sus defectos y sus virtudes. Tú, eres y serás siempre de aquellos que nacen con un guante en cada palma de su mano, ese ídolo en el que residen las cualidades innatas que el resto deben alcanzar, esos ídolos en los que otros menos capacitados se fijan soñando que algún día puedan alzar, como tú, el trofeo que te reconoce como el mejor, nuestro campeón del mundo con el 1 a la espalda. Eres, y por siempre serás la fuerza y la motivación de aquello que todo portero bajo palos sueña ser, alguien capaz de volar más alto y más largo que todos juntos a la vez, transformando lo impensable en posible, ejecutando a la perfección aquello por lo que suspiramos en cada acción cercana a nuestras redes, esa magnífica parada. Paradas que solo tú dominabas, en terrenos exclusivos para los elegidos , o a los que la "varita mágica" tocaba. Amigo mío, es inevitable emocionarme al escribir estas líneas recordando lo vivido, admirando con cierta nostalgia aquellos grandes enfrentamientos en los que por supuesto tenerte delante me hacía valorar todo mucho más, y sin tú saberlo, por lo mucho que en cada entrenamiento juntos me aportabas. Todo un país por sus calles te aclamaba. Querido Iker, querido amigo, como porteros que somos aceptamos sin temor y con el valor que nos identifica, ese peligro que la vida decide traer cerca de nuestra área, y en esta ocasión es más que una simple parada. Tu corazón, ese que todavía sigue latiendo por el bien de aquellos que hoy sueñan con alcanzar lo que un día fuiste, te reclama, y yo como amigo y rival de épocas pasadas, te animo a que seas de nuevo ese león blanco pero esta vez, detrás de la línea de banda. Es tu legado el que te define, y ese ya es histórico. Siempre en mis pensamientos, de portero a portero. La Doble. V.V.
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SPORTbible reported earlier this week that Casillas might not play football again after sources in Porto suggested that the World Cup-winning Spaniard might 'not return to action and that his playing days are finished.'

Get well soon, Casillas!

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Topics: Instagram, Los Blancos, Football News, Victor Valdes, Football, Barcelona, porto, Sportbible, Spain, Iker Casillas, Real Madrid, La Liga

Adnan Riaz

Adnan Riaz is a journalist for SPORTbible. He studied for a B.A. in History at the University of York and followed it up with an M.A. in Multimedia Journalism at MMU. Before he started writing about sports, he spent over four years in the gaming press. He has worked for several publications, including Hardcore Gamer, LADbible and the Manchester Evening News. Follow him on Twitter to find out what he is working on next. Got a story tip for Adnan? Email him: [email protected]

 

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