Casillas: Footballers are people like everyone else and have their own worries

Iker Casillas - Real Madrid

Iker Casillas – Real Madrid

Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas has spoken out about the problems that footballers face, following team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo’s revelation that he is “sad” with life at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Ronaldo created a media storm on Sunday when he said that he did not celebrate his two goals against Granada because of his dissatisfaction with a “professional issue” within the club.

That had led many observers, including former Barcelona player and coach Carles Rexach and ex-Madrid defender Pachin, to dismiss his concerns, but Casillas has said that everybody – even footballers – have issues to deal with.

“I understand that it is difficult for people to understand the situation that we face as players,” the Spain No.1 told Madrid’s official website. “But we are people just like everyone else and all have our own worries. We have family and friends and they are all important.”

Casillas also shed light on his surprise at being named joint winner of the 2012 Prince of Asturias Award for Sport alongside Barcelona captain Xavi Hernandez, the first time the honour has been given to individual football players.

“There are some awards that seem unachievable and that you never think you could get to win,” he continued.

“But the work that you do throughout your sporting career could mean that you get to be nominated and I think to get this award is a great thing that gives me a lot of personal satisfaction.

The 31-year-old also gave his take on the decision to award Barcelona and Madrid’s respective captains the award.

“It’s been a few years in which the Real Madrid-Barcelona rivalry has grown a lot, which I think is good for football, the sport and the fans, always in moderation of course.

“It is an award for which we are the two prominent faces from each team, and from the national team because of being the captains.

“But it is a prize that there are many people behind – team-mates at our clubs and the national team, fans… it’s a very nice award to win and it is great to be receiving it,” he added.

Casillas: We are people like everyone else and we have our own worries

Iker Casillas - Real Madrid

Iker Casillas – Real Madrid

Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas has spoken out about the problems that footballers face, following team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo’s revelation that he is “sad” with life at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Ronaldo created a media storm on Sunday when he said that he did not celebrate his two goals against Granada because of his dissatisfaction with a “professional issue” within the club.

That had led many observers, including former Barcelona player and coach Carles Rexach and ex-Madrid defender Pachin, to dismiss his concerns, but Casillas has said that everybody – even footballers – have issues to deal with.

“I understand that it is difficult for people to understand the situation that we face as players,” the Spain No.1 told Madrid’s official website. “But we are people just like everyone else and all have our own worries. We have family and friends and they are all important.”

Casillas also shed light on his surprise at being named joint winner of the 2012 Prince of Asturias Award for Sport alongside Barcelona captain Xavi Hernandez, the first time the honour has been given to individual football players.

“There are some awards that seem unachievable and that you never think you could get to win,” he continued.

“But the work that you do throughout your sporting career could mean that you get to be nominated and I think to get this award is a great thing that gives me a lot of personal satisfaction.

The 31-year-old also gave his take on the decision to award Barcelona and Madrid’s respective captains the award.

“It’s been a few years in which the Real Madrid-Barcelona rivalry has grown a lot, which I think is good for football, the sport and the fans, always in moderation of course.

“It is an award for which we are the two prominent faces from each team, and from the national team because of being the captains.

“But it is a prize that there are many people behind – team-mates at our clubs and the national team, fans… it’s a very nice award to win and it is great to be receiving it,” he added.

Casillas delight at sharing Prince of Asturias honour with Xavi

Iker Casillas - Real Madrid

Iker Casillas – Real Madrid

Iker Casillas has spoken of his surprise and delight after being named the joint winner of 2012’s Prince of Asturias Award for Sport, alongside Barcelona captain Xavi Hernandez.

It is the first time the honour has been given to individual football players, although Brazil and Spain’s national teams were awarded the prize in 2002 and 2010 respectively.

“There are some awards that seem unachievable and that you never think you could get to win,” the Madrid captain told the club’s official website.

“But the work that you do throughout your sporting career could mean that you get to be nominated and I think to get this award is a great thing that gives me a lot of personal satisfaction,” he added.

The 31-year-old also gave his take on the decision to award Barcelona and Madrid’s respective captains the award.

“It’s been a few years in which the Real Madrid-Barcelona rivalry has grown a lot, which I think is good for football, the sport and the fans, always in moderation of course.

“It is an award for which we are the two prominent faces from each team, and from the national team because of being the captains.

“But it is a prize that there are many people behind – team-mates at our clubs and the national team, fans… it’s a very nice award to win and it is great to be receiving it,” he added.

Xavi & Casillas win Prince of Asturias Sports Award

Spain internationals Xavi and Iker Casillas have jointly won the 2012 edition of the Prince of Asturias Sports Award.

The Barcelona midfielder and Real Madrid goalkeeper, who were put forward by Fifa president Sepp Blatter, got 11 out of the 18 votes, and will receive the award at a ceremony at Oviedo’s Campoamor theatre on October 26.

“They asked me in my capacity as judge for the awards, to offer an idea, and the first names that came to me were Casillas and Xavi. Not only for what they’ve won on the pitch, but what they’ve demonstrated off it,” Blatter stated to AS.

“Because they represent the unity of Spain over and above the differences there are between Madrid and Barca. They’re friends first and opponents later, and they put this friendship above the rivalry.

“It’s something uncommon in football and as president, I’m proud. That’s why I proposed them for the Prince of Asturias award.”

The award was won by athlete Haile Gebreselassie last year, while Spain’s national team came out victorious in 2010.

Cartoon of the Day: Messi avoids Ronaldo shaped elephant in the room

After Cristiano Ronaldo expressed his unhappiness at a “professional issue” at Real Madrid, La Liga rival Lionel Messi was quizzed on the situation at a press conference.

Some quarters have suggested that the former Manchester United man is upset because he did not win the Uefa award for the best player in Europe, with Messi’s team-mate Andres Iniesta instead collecting the trophy, while others think he is jealous of the Argentine.

However, the Barcelona star refused to comment on the Portuguese’s comments, instead stating: “There’s no reason to ask me about what he says and vice-versa. It’s nothing to do with me.”

Messi avoids Ronaldo shaped elephant in the room