Go ahead, the article is not at all a criticism of Iker Casillas. Go also ahead that it is not detracting from a long and successful professional career at all and go, Of course, ahead that nothing that has been achieved is not achieved if it is not with talent, work and professionalism. But nevertheless, noted this, it is acceptable to ask yourself the great question that many ask themselves: Is iker really the best in his position, or is he the luckiest goalkeeper in history?
The first leg of the semifinal against Bayern left us another stop by the saving Madrid goalkeeper. On this occasion, Mario Götze finished off, which could have meant a tie for 1 shortly after the end of the meeting. He did not and there were many who thanked God and Casillas that the visiting marker did not move.
That Casillas is one of the best goalkeepers ever, no one doubts. At 31 years, treasures 153 internationalities with Spain, 1 world, 2 Eurocopas, 5 Suspenders, 2 Cups and 2 Champions. In all of them, with a predominant role. Voted best goalkeeper in the world by the IFFHS for five consecutive years (2008-2012), we are talking about a quick doorman, intuitive, agile, Unapproachable in one-for-one and mid-range shots. More and more confident in aerial balls and with the only mole of not knowing how to play well with the ball at the feet.
Leader in the field, calm in the face of the media, nice to the fans and the press, Iker recalls that stop that earned Robben a World Cup, those two penalties stopped against Italy in the Euro 2008 or that night in Glasgow that meant the ninth. On all those occasions described, simply at a colossal level.
But nevertheless, there is no doubt that on many occasions he was successful due to a series of circumstances. He started at the World Cup 2002 for an untimely injury to Cañizares, it will be in this Brazil 2014 for the serious injury of Valdés. On that night in Glasgow, his stellar role came from the bench because it was César's physical problems that made his entry possible.
The clubs seem allies as he demonstrated in the last Copa del Rey final before Neymar's shot. Penalties are a kind of lottery where it seems to be expensive in big events, as demonstrated in Italy's shootout in the Eurocup 2012, the Confederations Cup last year or the World Cup in South Africa where he stopped a maximum penalty in the quarterfinals following the advice of his friend Pepe Reina.
One thing or another, The fact is that Iker continues to be a talisman for his team and for the national team and continues to be in the midst of those who adore him, assuring him that he is the best in the world and those who criticize him claiming that he is a lucky guy.. A very good guy with luck. The best of mixes.