Former Real Madrid captain Iker Casillas has announced his intentions of running for president of the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) when elections are called later this year.
The 38-year old, suffered a heart attack in May while training with current club Porto, and has not played since, despite returning to training in November last year.
“Yes, I’ll be running for RFEF President when elections are called,” the goalkeeper wrote on his Twitter account.
The former La Roja skipper led Spain to unprecedented success as they won Euro 2008 and 2012 as well as the 2010 World Cup, but has not played for his Portuguese club this season and the announcement all but confirms his retirement from professional football.
Current incumbent Luis Rubiales, who took over from Angel Maria Villar in May 2018 after the former Athletic Bilbao player had spent three decades at the helm, has a mandate that runs through until after Euro 2020; although his tenure has so far been characterized by ups and downs.
Rubiales was criticised by La Liga’s chief and local media for his refusal to allow the Spanish league to play a game in Miami, despite reformatting the Spanish Super Cup and moving it to Saudi Arabia.
He also took the decision to sack Spain head coach Julen Lopetegui on the eve of the 2018 World Cup after it emerged he had agreed a deal to join Real Madrid after the tournament.
“Together we will put our federation at the level of the best football in the world,” Casillas pledges.
The goalkeeper joined Porto in 2015 from Real Madrid, where he made 725 appearances and helped them win three Champions Leagues and five La Liga titles.