Emotional Iker Casillas Tribute in Copa de Portugal
Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas broke down in tears in the stands as his teammates gave him a dedication in the cup final following his heart attack.
The emotional scenes were recorded during the Cup of Portugal final between Porto and Sporting Lisbon held at the Estadio Nacional in Lisbon.
After Tiquinho Soares opened the scoring for Porto with a header, the team’s manager Sergio Conceicao grabbed a shirt with Casillas’ name and number on the back and gave it to his celebrating players.
Soares paid homage to the Spanish stopper by holding the shirt up for all to see and Casillas was visibly moved.
In the video, Casillas can be seen sitting in the stands crying as Soares holds the shirt up before placing it on the pitch.
The 38-year-old may have played his last match in professional football as he recovers from a heart attack suffered in training earlier this month.
Sporting went on to equalise through a Danilo Pereira own-goal and looked to have won the match in extra-time through Bas Dost.
However, Porto defender Felipe Monterio scored a 120th-minute equaliser to send the match to a penalty shootout which Sporting won 5-4.
Soares posted a message on social media reading: “Unfortunately we didn’t manage to achieve our objective. We really wanted this cup! And give a gift to our friend @ikercasillas and our fans.”
Casillas has reportedly been fitted with a coronary stent and experts have suggested his career could be over.
Leading Spanish cardiologist Juan Antonio Corbalan, who played professional basketball for Real Madrid, said: “You cannot play football with coronary stenting, least of all as a goalkeeper. Iker will end up leading a normal life but he will not play professional sport.”
A coronary stent is a tube-shaped device placed in the coronary arteries that supply blood to the heart, to keep the arteries open in the treatment of coronary heart disease.