Goalkeeping great Iker Casillas stable after suffering heart attack in Porto

Porto goalkeeper Iker Casillas has suffered a heart attack while training.

The 37-year-old, who won the World Cup with Spain in 2010, is now "well, stable and his heart problem is solved" after being taken to hospital on Wednesday.

10 PHOTOS
Iker Casillas
See Gallery
Iker Casillas
FILE PHOTO: FIFA President Sepp Blatter (2nd R) and South African President Jacob Zuma (R) hand the World Cup trophy to Spain's team captain Iker Casillas (C) during the award ceremony at Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg July 11, 2010. REUTERS/Michael Kooren/File Photo
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 09: Iker Casillas of FC Porto during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg match between Liverpool and Porto at Anfield on April 9, 2019 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images)
Soccer Football - Champions League - Group Stage - Group D - FC Porto v Galatasaray - Estadio do Dragao, Porto, Portugal - October 3, 2018 FC Porto's Iker Casillas REUTERS/Miguel Vidal
Foto de archivo del portero español Iker Casillas realizando una atajada durante un duelo por la Liga de Campeones entre Porto y Schalke 04. 28 de noviembre de 2018. REUTERS/Miguel Vidal.
Porto goalkeeper Iker Casillas gestures end of the Champions League quarterfinal, 2nd leg, soccer match between FC Porto and Liverpool at the Dragao stadium in Porto, Portugal, Wednesday, April 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)
The 37-year-old is in hospital after falling ill during training.
The 37-year-old is in hospital after falling ill during training.
FC Porto goalkeeper Iker Casillas during the UEFA Champions League quarter final match between FC Porto and Liverpool FC at Estadio do Dragao on April 17, 2019 in Porto, Portugal(Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)
Soccer Football - Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg - Liverpool vs FC Porto - Anfield, Liverpool, Britain - March 6, 2018 Porto's Iker Casillas after the match REUTERS/Andrew Yates
FILE PHOTO: Spain's captain Iker Casillas (C) lifts the World Cup trophy after the 2010 World Cup final soccer match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg July 11, 2010. REUTERS/Jerry Lampen/File Photo
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

A statement from Porto said the keeper had suffered an "acute myocardial infarction" during the morning session at Olival.

Casillas had been training in preparation for Porto's Primeira Liga game at home to Aves this weekend, although he is now unlikely to play again this season.

He burst onto the scene when he made his debut for boyhood club Real Madrid as a teenager in 1999, having come through the club's ranks. He remained at the Bernabeu for the next 16 years.

During his time at Madrid he won the Champions League three times – in 2000, 2002 and 2014 – and also won five LaLiga titles and two Copa del Rey trophies.

Real Madrid captain Iker Casillas lifts the trophy after winning the Super Cup final in Cardiff
Real Madrid captain Iker Casillas lifts the trophy after winning the Super Cup final in Cardiff (Joe Giddens/PA)

His former employers Real wished him well in a statement, saying they wanted to see "their eternal captain recover as soon as possible" while sending him "all the courage in the world".

Casillas moved to Porto in 2015 and helped them win the Portuguese league title last season.

Last month he played in both legs of the Champions League quarter-final defeat to Liverpool.

Read Full Story

FROM OUR PARTNERS