After securing a shutout against Sevilla, Iker Casillas once again raised the UEFA Super Cup trophy and added another championship to his astonishing resume. The Real Madrid keeper has had to face a mountain of criticism this past year, as he has struggled to get back to top form. After picking up injuries and being benched towards the end of the Jose Mourinho era, many had come to the conclusion that the run of success was over for the Spaniard.
Heading into this season, there was much speculation about who would protect the goal for Madrid. Diego Lopez had been the most consistent keeper during the past two years for Madrid, newly acquired Keylor Navas was in excellent form after leading Costa Rica to the quarter-finals in the 2014 World Cup, and then there was Casillas, arguably one of the greatest keepers to play the game.
Ultimately, Lopez was sent packing to AC Milan and Casillas was handed the reins to lead the club once again, with Navas as a star back-up. This decision demonstrates manager Carlos Ancelotti’s belief that the 5-time IFFHS Best Goalkeeper winner can make a comeback and once again be crowned the world’s best.
After a disappointing performance in the World Cup, there was no better way to start the 2014-15 campaign than with a trophy for Casillas. Madrid, who are now in contention for five more trophies this season, will need Casillas at his very best in order to have any chance of achieving their goals. The Spanish keeper claims that he has had time to analyze his mistakes and is ready to get back to work. Assuming Casillas stays healthy, look for the Madrid keeper to remind us this season why he is still one of the world’s elite keepers.
Asheer Mahbob is a soccer writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @el_especial24.