Wenger, Messi & Ronaldo send message to Casillas to get well

European News By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 02/05/2019

Arsene Wenger, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo joined world football stars send a heartfelt message to Iker Casillas after a heart attack while training with Porto.

The 37-year-old veteran shot-stopper is one of the most decorated footballers in the history of both Spain and Real Madrid suffered an acute myocardial infarction on Wednesday morning and he was rushed to CUF Porto hospital for treatment, where he is currently recovering.

Casillas confirmed on social media that his ‘strength was intact’ despite the ‘big scare’ as messages of support flooded in from around the world.

Former Arsenal manager Wenger speaking ahead of Liverpool’s defeat to Barcelona in the Champions League admitted he was shocked by the news and sent a heartfelt message to Casillas as he told beIN SPORTS:

"We are all surprised because you don’t expect at that age a guy who is practising to have a heart attack but we don’t know much more about it and have to be a bit cautious about it. But, of course, we wish him well.

"He was a decisive ‘keeper. I remember in 2010, in the World Cup in South Africa, in every single game he made a decisive save and at Real Madrid as well he was always under pressure and he was always decisive in big games.

"But the question mark we have tonight: is that stress harmful for your health or not? For some maybe more than for others.

"Being a goalkeeper is a highly stressful job now.’

Messi was the latest player to send a message of support to Casillas after his sensational performance against Liverpool at the Camp Nou as the Argentina international took to Instagram to give his best wishes to the former Real Madrid captain.

Barcelona skipper said."I want to take this opportunity to send a big huge to Iker Casillas and hope that he gets well soon.

Ronaldo and Casillas were teammates at Real Madrid between 2009 and 2015, winning the Champions League in 2014 and La Liga in 2012 but the Juventus forward post a picture posing together in Los Blanco's gear during their days as colleagues at the Bernabeu. 

Portugal international wrote in Casillas' native Spanish: 'Have strength, my friend. I hope you get well soon.'