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Why Casillas didn't celebrate

  • Marca, Friday, September 21, 2012 3:10 AM

Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas didn't celebrate any of his team's goals during its 3-2 Champions League win over Manchester City on Tuesday because just a few hours before the game, he heard about the death of a Polish boy, Dawid Zapisek, whom he met during the European Championship last summer.

It had been the 14-year-old Zapisek's dream of meeting Casillas in person. Zapisek, who suffered from Spinal Muscular Atrophy, decorated his room with pictures of Spain's goalkeeper. The boy said after meeting Casillas that he'd managed to do the last thing he wanted to "before dying in peace."

The keeper expressed his grief on Facebook: "My most sincere condolences to his family. Rest in peace, my friend."

TVE cameras captured video of Iker's silence after the last-minute winning goal by Cristiano Ronaldo.

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2 comments about "Why Casillas didn't celebrate".
  1. Andres Yturralde, September 21, 2012 at 12:28 p.m.

    Casillas is special--and for more reasons than one. This goes to show that soccer is... more than just a game.

  2. Andres Yturralde, September 21, 2012 at 12:38 p.m.

    By the way, I also heard something about a statue being stolen from Iker's hometown church or his grandmother's hometown church? He is, if you pay very close attention, a rather spiritual dude. The death of the Polish boy, along with the theft of the statue(s), clearly affected him.

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