Former Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas intends to stand for election as president of the Spanish football federation, which would bring to end his professional football career.
Casillas played 725 matches for Los Blancos before departing to join Portuguese giants Porto five years ago, but has been on the sidelines since May after suffering a heart attack during training.
Casillas has not yet announced his retirement from the game, but ESPN report that the 38-year-old held a meeting in Madrid with Spanish sport’s governing body Consejo Superior de Deportes in recent days, where he told them of his intention to stand in the upcoming presidential elections, to be held this autumn.
ESPN go on to state that Casillas has spent the past month assessing how much support he would receive, and while he is aware that the transition from being a professional footballer to the new role would come quickly, he intends to run against current incumbent Luis Rubiales – who has proven to be a divisive figure since he was elected in 2018.
Casillas is said to have the backing of current La Liga president Javier Tebas, who has been a ‘vehement critic’ of Rubiales. Equally, he will also have the support of David Aganzo, who is the president of the largest players’ union, the Association of Spanish Footballers.
However, the pair will discreetly support him at first.
Barring any last minute changes of plan, Casillas is expected to formally announce his candidacy for the role in a few weeks, with the announcement also ending his illustrious playing career.
In order for the Spaniard to run for the presidency, he would need to be endorsed by at least 15 percent of the assembly, which is made up of 140 members.
Furthermore, should there only be two candidates, Casillas would merely require a simply majority in order to win. In other words, he would require one or more votes than his competitor.