Goalie Iker Casillas Recovering in Hospital After Suffering Heart Attack

Porto goalkeeper Iker Casillas in April. Photo by Matt West/BPI/REX/Shutterstock (10195713cq)

The soccer world was dealt a big scare on Wednesday afternoon when reports surfaced that FC Porto goalkeeper Iker Casillas had suffered a heart attack in practice and had been rushed to the hospital.

Casillas, the former goalkeeper of Real Madrid and of the Spanish National Team, where he won the 2010 World Cup, had to have a stent put into his heart in order to clear up a blockage that caused the heart attack.

The soccer world demonstrated its solidarity, with numerous current and former players taking to social media to wish Casillas the best.

The Porto keeper took to social media after the worst of the scare had passed, saying “Everything is under control here, a big scare but I’m still holding strong. Many thanks to everyone for the messages and the affection!”

The Porto goalkeeper is one of the most decorated players in the history of the sport at his position. He won the World Cup and two European Championships as Spain’s goalkeeper.

He also won the UEFA Champions League three times with Real Madrid and has also won several individual awards for his goalkeeping.

It’s not immediately clear if Casillas will be able to continue playing soccer, but he does appear to be healthy and well after a big scare.