IKER CASILLAS broke down in tears as his Porto team-mate paid heart-warming tribute to the legendary keeper in Saturday’s Portuguese Cup final.
Tiquinho Soares celebrated his goal by holding up the Real Madrid and Spain hero’s shirt – just four weeks after he suffered a heart attack.
Getty – Contributor Tiquinho Soares paid tribute to Iker Casillas by holding up his shirt in the Portuguese Cup final on Saturday
Getty – Contributor Soares then placed it on the pitch, with cameras catching Casillas sobbing in the stands
After Soares, 28, opened the scoring, Porto manager Sergio Conceicao picked Casillas’ shirt up and threw it on to his players celebrating on the pitch.
The Brazilian forward then lifted it up before placing in on the ground – with cameras catching the Spain legend was visibly moved in the stands.
In a video, Casillas, 38, is seen burying his face in his hands and sobbing, with his friends patting him on the back.
The Real Madrid icon has possibly played the last match of his career following a cardiac arrest he suffered in training earlier this month.
He was rushed to hospital where the Porto shot stopper was fitted with a coronary stent – and experts have suggested he should now hang up his boots.
Leading Spanish cardiologist Juan Antonio Corbalan, who played professional basketball for Real Madrid, said: “You cannot play football with coronary stent, least of all as a goalkeeper.
“Iker will end up leading a normal life but he will not play professional sport.”
But Casillas has denied retiring from football, telling fans to “relax” in a Twitter update.
However, his wife Sara Carbonero shocked the world last week, announcing she is fighting ovarian cancer.
Despite the touching moment, Porto lost the cup after a penalty shoot-out in a cracking game at the National Stadium in Lisbon.
Sporting went on to equalise through a Danilo Pereira own goal and looked odds-on to win in extra time through Bas Dost.
However, Porto defender Felipe Monterio scored a 120th-minute equaliser to send it to penalties – only to lose the shoot-out 5-4.
Soares posted a message on social media following the game that read: “Unfortunately we didn’t manage to achieve our objective.
“We really wanted this cup! And give a gift to our friend @ikercasillas and our fans.”
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