Iker Casillas is to football what Rafael Nadal is to tennis in Spain. Widely regarded as one of the greatest goalkeepers the game has ever seen, Casillas led the Spanish Armada to their first-ever World Cup title and played over 1,000 professional matches for club and country in the past. during his illustrious career.
So when the Red Cross wanted to hold a charity event in Spain in 2008 to raise money in their fight against malaria, it was obvious that Nadal and Casillas were leading the charge.
One of the events on the program was an indoor football match between the two teams, aptly named “Friends of Rafa” and “Friends of Iker”. Casillas has played the role of goalkeeper for his team alongside Spanish sporting legends such as F1 driver Fernando Alonso, golfer Sergio Garcia and ATP players David Ferrer, Feliciano Lopez and Juan Carlos Ferrero.
The 21-time Grand Slam champion’s squad, meanwhile, included his current coach Carlos Moya, Barcelona legend Samuel Eto’o, Real Madrid superstar Raul Gonzalez and rally driver Carlos Sainz Sr.
The Mallorcan’s first goal was exceptional, as he hit one player and then pivoted past another to give his side a 1-0 lead. The second goal was a long-range effort near the halfway line, as Nadal took advantage of a loose ball from his opponents to send one into the top corner.
The hat trick came around the 13th minute, when the 21-time Grand Slam champion showed all the composure in the world to place the ball between two defenders and past Casillas in the back of the net for a 4-1 lead.
An incredible volley from close range gave the former world number one his fourth goal of the night, while a tight finish past a diving Iker Casillas added a fifth to his tally. The sixth and final goal was another genius touch from the world No. 4, as a side-footed attempt took the goalkeeper completely unconscious and gave his side a 10-6 lead.
Team Iker won the match thanks to a late effort from Sainz. According to reports, over $100,000 was raised for charity at the event.
Rafael Nadal and Iker Casillas raced karts and played a tennis match alongside team members
The football match was the third event of the charity program and was preceded by a go-kart race as well as a tennis match. The kart race was won by the Iker team, mainly thanks to the experienced driving skills of Fernando Alonso.
The tennis match, however, was won by Nadal’s team. The first two games of the match went in favor of Casillas, with Alonso/Juan Carlos Ferrero beating Carlos Moya/Carlos Sainz Sr. and Feliciano Lopez/Alvaro Bautista beating Novak Djokovic/Jorge Lorenzo.
But the 21-time Grand Slam champion then pulled off an incredible comeback win, linking up with footballers Santi Cazorla and Marcos Senna to secure a 3-2 win for his side.