The house of former Spain and Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas has been searched on Wednesday by Portuguese authorities as a part of an ongoing investigations over money laundering and tax fraud charges.
About 200 police officers have searched 75 sites in Portugal, including houses, football clubs and agents’ offices over the past few days.
Writing on “Twitter”, Casillas said that he is ‘absolutely calm’ with respect to the investigations and has ‘full confidence’ in the Portuguese justice system.
He also wishes that ‘transparency reaches everyone and every corner of football’.
It is worth mentioning that, Casillas, who led Spain to win Euro 2008 and 2012 as well as the 2010 World Cup, suffered a heart attack in May while training with current club Porto, and has not played since.
Last month, the former footballer announced he would run for president of the Spanish Football Federation when elections are called later this year.
Having spent the majority of his career at Real Madrid, Casillas is one of the few players to achieve over 1000 professional career matches, and holds the record for the most clean sheets in the UEFA Champions league, as well as for the Spanish national team.
In 2008, he was placed fourth overall in the Ballon d’Or, and has been selected for the UEFA Team of the year six consecutive times from 2007 to 2012, a record for a goalkeeper.