‘It’s like you’re in a pool and suddenly you want to get out and you can’t’: Iker Casillas opens up on what he felt when he suffered a heart attack at Porto… with Real Madrid icon revealing he told his doctor he was ‘drowning’
- Iker Casillas candidly discussed suffering a heart attack during Porto training
- Real Madrid and Spain goalkeeping icon’s words came in a new documentary
- Casillas, 39, now works as an adviser to Real Madrid president Florentino Perez
Iker Casillas has opened up on the shocking heart attack he experienced playing for Porto in May last year which accelerated his eventual retirement in August.
The Real Madrid and Spain icon discussed the health scare in the new Catching the Wings documentary.
It spans six episodes with content from more than 300 hours of footage and includes interviews with more than 30 people linked to Casillas.
Real Madrid and Spain goalkeeping icon suffered a heart attack while at Porto in May 2019
Casillas has openly discussed the experience of the heart attack for a new TV documentary
And the 39-year-old candidly discussed the experience of suffering the heart attack during training.
He told Marca: ‘There is a sensation of half a second, or not even that, when you take a breath of air and it tastes different.
‘I noticed that I felt heavy and short of air, and I began to think it might be an allergy. Then, when I went to the goalkeeping coach, I felt my chest begin to tighten and I noticed that I was running out of air.
The 167-cap Spain international returned to training at the Portuguese side two months later
‘I told him, “Roberto, give me sugar or something because I feel wrong and I don’t know what’s wrong with me”. I lay down on the ground and I could see something serious was happening to me.
‘It’s like you’re in a pool and suddenly you want to get out and you can’t, it was an anguish. I was getting more and more short of breath. “Robert, please call the doctor,” I said. “I’m drowning”.’
Casillas returned to Porto training in July 2019 – two months after the heart attack – and was named in the Portuguese side’s squad but retired in August after not playing a game last season.
The 39-year-old had a sparkling career, winning Spain’s first World Cup in South Africa in 2010
The 167-cap Spain international is one of just 63 players and 16 goalkeepers to reach 1,000 professional matches.
Across his illustrious career he won five LaLiga titles, four Spanish Super Cups, three Champions League titles, two European Championships, Intercontinental Cups, UEFA Super Cups, Copa Del Reys and a World Cup.
He also has the most Champions League appearances (177) and clean sheets (57).
‘San Iker’, nicknamed for his miraculous saves, now works as an adviser to Real Madrid president Florentino Perez.
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