Former Real Madrid goalkeeper, Iker Casillas, on Friday confirmed his split from his wife and Spanish journalist, Sara Carbonero.
The announcement came after a report was published on Wednesday by the Spanish magazine, Lecturas, which claimed that the couple had split. Lecturas claimed the couple had been living apart for months, and that Casillas had moved into another apartment near the family home on the gated estate of La Finca, just outside the Spanish capital.
Hours later, a refutal of Lecturas’ report not officially attributed to Casillas and his wife, but which cited close friends, surfaced in the magazine, Hola!.
Casillas and Sara went on Instagram, and in a near-identical post, announced their split in Spanish. They also made clear that the decision was mutually reached.
“Both Sara (Iker) and I feel enormously proud of the family that we are and to have been able to share a love that has filled us with happiness throughout all these years of togetherness.
“Today our love as a couple takes different paths but not distant since we will continue together in the wonderful task of continuing to be dedicated parents as we have so far. It’s a very meditated decision and one that we make by mutual agreement.
“Respect, affection and friendship will remain forever. Our priority is from love and commitment, to share the well-being and education of our children and protecting them so they grow up in a stable and healthy environment.
“With these words we ask that our privacy be respected at this time of change. These will be the only public words that we will make in the present and in the future. Thank you very much for your understanding.”
Casillas has been in a relationship with Sara Carbonero since 2009. They secretly married on March 20, 2016, and together they have two children, Martín and Lucas. In 2019, Sara revealed that she has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, less than three weeks after her husband suffered a heart attack during a FC Porto training session, prompting his retirement from football on August 4, 2020.
Casillas, nicknamed “San Iker” (Saint Iker), made 510 appearances during his 16-year stint at Real Madrid and is regarded as one of the greatest goalkeepers in football history.