Ask me for a true Champions League icon and I’ll show you Iker Casillas.
No player has made more appearances in the competition’s history, lifting the trophy three times during his illustrious career.
171 appearances. Count them. One hundred and seventy one. In Europe’s primary competition. Truly remarkable.
And while his latest cap, which is expected to be his last, was a bit of a damp squib it was still a special night for the Spanish great.
Casillas kept a clean sheet as Porto bowed out to Liverpool after getting torn apart in the first leg.
And the former Real Madrid man received a truly wonderful ovation from the The Kop before taking his place between the sticks prior to kick off:
Liverpool fans have a reputation for appreciating legendary status and the Kop often gives warm receptions to visiting keepers, although rarely loud as the one reserved for Casillas
The legendary keeper felt compelled to show his gratitude after the final whistle, saying: “I would like to thank the Liverpool fans for that lovely detail.
“Applauding a player from the opposite team does not happen very often.”
Does anyone else feel like life will feel just that bit bleaker when the likes of Casillas and Gianluigi Buffon eventually hang up their gloves?
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