Iker Casillas joins Cristiano Ronaldo at Dubai International Sports Conference

Real Madrid and Spain legend will speak at the annual event

MADRID, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 18: Iker Casillas attends 'Colgar Las Alas' photocall at Movistar Studios on November 18, 2020 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Juan Naharro Gimenez/WireImage)
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Iker Casillas, one of the greatest goalkeepers in the history of football, has confirmed he will speak at the Dubai International Sports Conference (DISC) on Sunday, organisers have announced.

The Spain and Real Madrid legend will join Cristiano Ronaldo and Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski at the Armani Hotel in Burj Khalifa, with the trio talking about their journeys to the top in their glittering careers.

One of the few players to play more than 1,000 professional matches, and with the most clean sheets in the Champions League and Spain national team, Casillas will share his experiences as well as his achievements with club and country.

Starting his career with Real Madrid’s youth sides in 1990, Casillas made his first team debut in 1999 and became the youngest goalkeeper to play in the final and win the Champions League at 19 years and four days.

Casillas continued at Real for 16 seasons, making 725 appearances and winning five La Liga titles, two Copa del Rey and four Super Cups. He also won three Champions Leagues with Real, two Super Cups, one Club World Cup and two Intercontinental Cups.

In 2015, Casillas left Real for Portuguese club Porto, where he won the Primeira Liga and Cup double in 2018.

On the international stage, Casillas was captain of the Spanish teams that won the 2010 World Cup, and the 2008 and 2012 European Championships.

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Champions League - Round of 16 Second Leg - FC Porto v AS Roma - Estadio do Dragao, Porto, Portugal - March 6, 2019  FC Porto's Iker Casillas during the match         REUTERS/Pedro Nunes/File Photo
Iker Casillas won two European Championships and the 2010 World Cup as Spain goalkeeper. Reuters

The 2020 DISC will also welcome a number of top decision-makers from across the world of football.

The 2021 Globe Soccer Awards will also take place at the Armani Hotel following the conclusion of the conference.

The Dubai Sports Council is organising the Conference and Globe Soccer Awards in the presence of a number of people, from within and outside the country, as well as nominees and representative of nominees for the many Globe Soccer Awards categories.

The conference and Awards ceremony will be the first event to be organised with the physical participation and presence of international football stars and the game’s top decision-makers since the outbreak of Covid-19.

Organisers have stated that all the necessary Covid-19 precautionary measures and protocols will be implemented as mandated by Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management.