‘They should have a prize for each position’ – Casillas praises Van Dijk despite ‘difficult’ Ballon d’Or decision

El portero habló de su situación y de otros temas de actualidad

El arquero del Porto, Iker Casillas aprovechó las redes sociales para repasar, a través de las preguntas de los aficionados, los temas que están de actualidad, su situación personal y los nombres propios de los últimos meses en el deporte.

Su recuperación
“Ahora he empezado una nueva fase en mi proceso de recuperación. Digamos que tengo que exigir algo más a mi corazón. Poco a poco. No hay ninguna prisa. Solo hay que recuperar sensaciones”.

Volver a la selección
“La selección está muy bien cubierta.
Ya no sólo los 3 porteros que acuden asiduamente. Hay otros que están ahí: apretando por ir o por volver. El seleccionador es el que tiene que decidir. Crear competencia es bueno. Salimos ganando todos”.

Mourinho
“No tengo ningún problema con él. Las situaciones que vivimos fueron nuestras.

Pasamos momentos buenos y menos buenos”.

Mejor portero del mundo
“Esta es la pregunta del millón!! S i tuviera que quedarme ahora mismo con uno, diría Oblak”.

Joao Félix
“Es un jugador con mucho futuro. Tiene talento. Eso sí, le van a exigir el máximo. La responsabilidad de exigencia va con el precio que se ha pagado por él. Tiene que saber que ha llegado a un club que quiere títulos. Además, la gente le puede ver como el recambio de Griezmann”.

James Rodríguez
James te da muchas cosas en un partido. Tiene una zurda espectacular.

A mi me gusta mucho. Faltas, tiros de esquina,… Es un peligro. Si le dejas pensar te coloca la pelota en el lugar que quieres”.

Rafa Nadal
“A Rafa Nadal habría que hacerle un monumento en cada ciudad de España. Es un ejemplo para los pequeños y no tan pequeños. Hemos tenido suerte de ver a un deportista de la talla de él como se desenvuelve en una pista de tenis”.

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The Porto ‘keeper answered questions from fans on Twitter on a range of topics, including his recovery from a heart attack

Spain and Real Madrid legend Iker Casillas believes that Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk would be a worthy winner of the Ballon d’Or, but that it’s too hard to choose just one player.

The Porto goalkeeper, recovering from a heart attack suffered last season, had a question and answer session on his Twitter page on Sunday, and answered questions from fans on a range of topics.

Casillas said that Van Dijk, who led Liverpool to Champions League glory last campaign, would be a deserving recipient of football’s top individual award, but that maybe there should be more awarded on a positional basis.
“I thought he was the best defender of last season,” the 38-year-old said of the Netherlands international.

“The question of the Ballon d’Or is a difficult one to analyse. Who deserves it? They should create a prize for each position. Goalkeeper, defense, midfielder and forward.”

If that were to happen, Casillas knows who would get his vote in his own position.

The shot-stopper, who boasts five La Liga titles, three Champions Leagues, a World Cup and two European Championships, was asked a range of questions about other goalkeepers.

He identified the one he thinks is the world’s best, who plays for Real’s city rivals, and also weighed in on the competition between the posts for Spain.
“This is the million dollar question,” he said, when asked who was the best ‘keeper around at the moment.

“If I had to pick one now, I’d say [Jan] Oblak.”
“I think the national team is very well covered,” the 167-cap international added when asked about Chelsea’s Kepa Arrizabalaga’s role for Spain.

“Not just the three goalkeepers who attend regularly. There are other who are there, pushing to get in or to return. The coach is the one who has to decide. Creating competition is good. We all win.”

Casillas doesn’t know If he will play again, or if he will return to Real Madrid.

“Now I have started a new phase in my recovery process. Let’s say I have to demand something more from my heart. Slowly. There is no hurry. You just have to recover sensations,” he said.

“And to the second question [whether he’ll return to Real], I feel very proud to have worn that shirt for 25 years.”