Brazil 2014 Could Be A Spanish Farewell
07 December 2012
Spain skipper Iker Casillas says he and his comrades in La Furia Roja’s golden generation may quit after the next World Cup.
Casillas has led Spain to unprecedented glory, holding aloft the Euro 2008, World Cup 2010 and Euro 2012 trophies.
Never before has a national team won three major international tournaments in a row, and Spain will be looking to make more history when they defend their world title in Brazil in 2014.
And while he admits that it may be impossible for Spain to win the World Cup twice in a row, the idea that it could be a swansong for a host of legendary Spanish players could just spur them on.
Speaking to a group of children who were guests at a Real Madrid training session this week, Casillas said: "We are talking about a second consecutive World Cup, as happened with the European Championship.
“It is not as easy as people think. La Seleccion [Brazil] will be a favourite.
“If we win it would be a great finale for a national team which has won everything. Maybe for more than one player it would not be the same afterwards.
“There will be players who decide it is a natural end to our era and we would leave it for the youngsters."
On a personal note, Casillas reiterated his desire to remain captain of Real Madrid until the end of his career.
And the 31-year-old says that if he were ever to leave Los Blancos, he would never dishonour them by playing for another La Liga team.
"I will play as long as my head can take it, more than my body," he said.
"The strain of playing at the top level is more mental and there is a lot of pressure, although being a professional has many advantages. My goal is to play until I am 35 or 36, when my contract with Real Madrid runs out. Then we will see what happens.
"If I had to play for another club I would try not to be disloyal to Madrid, which is my club and my home. It would be with someone outside Spain, where I would not play directly against Madrid."