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Iker Casillas at La Razón

January 23, 2011
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La Razón has an interview with Iker Casillas today, the first in a series where they’ll talk to 50 young Spaniards who have been chosen by the newspaper as representative of the UN’s International Year of Youth.  Remember, Iker will officially become a UN goodwill ambassador tomorrow.  It was an interesting interview, because there was no talk about football (yay!), and because more serious than usual topics were discussed.  AS WELL AS WHETHER HE’D LIKE TO HAVE CHILDREN.

We’re back to one of my favorite pictures!

Q:  Where does all your charm come from?

A:  From being a natural, normal, simple person.  I also think it has to do with the environment in which you grew up in.  I have the luck of continuing here, in Real Madrid, with my people, of having my family close by.  I’m from Madrid, and I believe I grew up in the best environment possible.  Not everyone is going to like me, but I am how I am and I never wear a mask.

Q:  Do you believe that today’s society is losing its values and young people now only want to become famous?

A:  Yes, definitely.  It’s rare to see people who want to progress through studying.  Now, you can dedicate yourself to… participating in reality shows, talking about your personal life on a TV program, in speculating about other people.  Right now, the word that most makes me laugh is “collaborator,” those people on the programs that don’t have real jobs.  You’ll have to study in order to become a collaborator.

Q:  How can we educate our children in this type of situation, to turn their ambitions elsewhere?

A:  I would teach my children to have maximum respect for others.  I believe there are essential values in life that should endure, from the smallest thing such as giving up your seat for an elderly person.  People should be able to look at themselves in the mirror and think, “I’m a good person.”  I have my faults, I can be an egoist, bitter, but in the end, you have to consider yourself a good person, with virtues and faults, but a good person.

Q:  Are people losing manners and respect?

A:  A lot.  With the new technologies, such as Facebook or Tuenti or YouTube, everyone likes to post things about themselves, to boast about themselves.  Those are things that I don’t understand.

Q:  Do you use Facebook or Twitter?

A:  I used Facebook two or three years ago, when it wasn’t as crazy as it is now, and I stopped.  On the personal level, I don’t like it.  I also believe it has lost its essence, you waste time in getting to know people that you don’t know instead of getting to know better those people that you do know.

Q:  What values can you transmit to people of your own age?

A:  Well, I believe in honesty, in honor, and above all sacrifice.  People see now the Iker Casillas from games, from the national team, but they don’t see the Iker Casillas that, like so many other kids, had to travel from Móstoles to Madrid many times, every day, with my parents spending a lot of money in gasoline and equipment.  

Q:  What kind of car did you travel in?

A:  It was a [SEAT] 124.

Q:  Right now, young people don’t know whether they should study or start working.  What would you advise them, to try their luck at sports, to work or to study?

A:  I would advise them to study so that they’ll have something to fall back on.  Football needs to be a hobby, a way of taking care of yourself and of staying healthy.

Q:  It’s believed that the real estate bubble is the cause of this crisis.  The price of a house compared to the average salary of Spaniards is not normal.

A:  Without a doubt.  Few people get rich and those who benefit the most are always the rich ones.

Q:  You’re privileged, but you have to have friends who haven’t been able to buy houses.  You need two and a half good salaries.

A:  Yes, that’s true.  It’s hard because those are your lifelong friends, no?  But I believe that you can achieve your goal with sacrifice and hard work.  I talk a lot with my friends about this.  Here, we have the luck of the club giving us, well, lending us a car for a year, but I get so happy and even envious when I see friends of mine who make €1,500 a month getting a car and buying a house.  I have the luck of playing in Madrid, but there are people with no resources, who started from zero, but who have created a life for themselves.

Q:  Is the crisis affecting young people the most?

A:  No, the ones it’s affecting are those born in the ’70s and ’80s, those who started businesses, went bankrupt and had to start all over again.  Those who are coming of age now know what to expect, what’s happening, and they have more alternatives.

Q:  Do you believe they are sufficiently prepared?

A:  For what?  For everything in general?  Well, we are all maturing, but 10 years later than our parents did.

Q:  Is that healthy?

A:  I think more and more things are being prohibited, and people are trying to get around them.  Drugs, alcohol… everything in general.  As soon as you put barriers up, people want to break them down.  Sometimes I’m sure that if certain things are legalized, they wouldn’t attract so much attention.

Q:  Lately, you’ve been wearing your heart on your sleeve.  Seeing you cry like a child made us all cry.

A:  What happened is that I was feeling many different sensations.  Who could have predicted that María del Carmen Fernández was going to give birth to 3.8-kilo boy that would one day lift up the World Cup?  Now I can retire happy from football, since before I had this obsession of helping Spain achieve something… I got emotional when I won with the U-15 and U-16 teams, when I won my first Champions League, when I won a Liga, because those are sensations that you usually keep inside.  I like what I do, I like my job…

Q:  But crying like that…

A:  It was from the relief I felt for everything, because I believe that in this country people are very unjust.  We are, and I’m the first one to admit I am, very fickle.  In Spain, we’re used to putting people down; I think we’re jealous people.  If you’ve already had your moment of glory, we’re going to try and crash you back down to earth.

Q:  This kiss you gave Sara made us proud, and even the princes cheered it…

A:  Well, it’s because they were close by, and they witnessed it, no?  Everything came together at that moment, all the tension, everything that you were hearing and seeing…  I’m an athlete, not a celebrity, but I have to accept how things are… especially for her, since she’s new at all this.  I think people like seeing the personal sides of us.

Q:  What is your opinion on the retirement age of 67 and the uncertainty over pensions?

A:  Moving back the retirement age for people who have been working many years is neither normal nor logical.  By the time you’re 65, you’ve worked your entire life and you should be able to live a tranquil life and not have to worry about those things.  And of course, all of us worry about not having pensions.

Q:  And about the anti-smoking law?

A:  It’s great, I love it.  I feel bad for those people who smoke, but I can’t stand the smoke.

Q:  But there are going to be a lot of people who won’t have jobs anymore.

A:  No, it’s only until we get used to it.  If you’re told that you can’t smoke inside, you can go out on the street.

Q:  What do you invest your money in?

A:  I think it’s best to invest it in real estate.  It’s hard for everyone to earn money, and I’ve always been very conservative.  I don’t like to risk it because it’s a very serious thing.  My broker and my portfolio manager is my mother.

Q:  When will you become a father?  Do you like children?

A:  Before no, but now I’m getting there…

Q:  Are you religious?

A:  I haven’t been baptized or received communion, so that it would be my choice.  My mother told me that if one day I want to marry in the church or if my wife wants it, I would just have to be baptized and that’s it.

Q:  Do you get fed up with the paparazzi?

A:  A lot, but I try to understand their profession and I talk with them.  They tell me I’m famous, and I tell them that I’m not famous, that I’m an athlete, and being famous is another thing.  They’re there every day, whether you come out in pajamas to take out the trash, whether you pick your nose, whether you put your hand where it doesn’t belong or scratch somewhere where you shouldn’t… I’ve gotten used to coming out of my house and looking in every direction.  I have the feeling that someone is always watching me and that they’re hunting me.  I’ve thought about making a documentary so that people know what it’s like.  Everyone knows where I live… remember what happened to John Lennon?  One day a crazy person shot him.  I’ve accepted this, but it shouldn’t be like this. 

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29 Comments leave one →
  1. IsaBella permalink
    January 23, 2011 14:14

    The picture is beautiful. I’m even gonna save it in my computer 🙂 I’m not a particular fan of Iker’s looks, he’s simply not my type but on this pic he looks fabulous. Thanks Una. And the interview is very interesting, I really enjoyed reading it. I agree with Iker on many subjects especially about education. I for one, couldn’t imagine my life without university and I pay a lot of attention to that as it is the basis for getting into life. I used to think that it was completely useless, but life also has its way of slapping us and teaching us lessons.
    I’d love to work for the UN myself one day.

  2. Whiskey permalink
    January 23, 2011 14:32

    Very interesting interview – it covered a lot of wide ranging topics. Can’t say i disagree with much of what he said – especially about everyone seeming to want their 15 minutes of fame and willing to do anything to get it. I also found his description of his faults interesting – would not have thought of him as a “bitter” person [because I know him so well of course…] Not sure if his answer on having kids was in response to the first or second question – ie that before he didn’t like children or just he didn’t want to have them 🙂 As always Una thanks for the translation – and yes any profile pic of Iker is a keeper!

  3. Milleca permalink
    January 23, 2011 14:41

    “I’m getting there…”

    Can this be soon? At least before you become bald, Mr. Perfect Profile!

  4. Jinx permalink
    January 23, 2011 15:42

    Wow, that was an interesting interview. I love hearing his opinion on non-football related things. What a humble and classy man, no surprises there. Thanks for the translation.

  5. January 23, 2011 16:03

    ” Before no, but now I’m getting there…”- What does this mean Iker? WHEN and with whom will you be getting there is the bigger question.
    I like his answer about the anti- smoking law ( I know that in general the Spanish smoke a lot and its harder for them to change to this law but I think its for the best)).
    I don’t think he should be talking about “collaborators”, his own gf is a sports ” collaborator” in AR program without finishing her journalism degree but if he means gossip “collaborators” then fine.
    I find the facebook, mother manager and the religious answers interesting but the paparazzi answer makes me sad, I hope the paparazzi relax a bit.

  6. Sarah permalink
    January 23, 2011 16:06

    wow, that is one privileged interview.

    excuse me if I don’t cry for you and your cars and your money and your life.

    • barb permalink
      January 24, 2011 18:27

      You must have read a different interview. I don’t think that he’s asked anyone to cry for him in this one.

    • Shani permalink
      January 24, 2011 21:14

      LOL

  7. Ysa permalink
    January 23, 2011 16:11

    “AS WELL AS WHETHER HE’D LIKE TO HAVE CHILDREN.”
    Oh Una, you are simply adorable.

    I love Iker’s answers, especially when he talked about believing you’re a good person. He’s pretty much perfect.

  8. January 23, 2011 16:27

    I fall a little more in love with Iker (if that’s even possible!) whenever he has a more personal interview. Always thoughtful, always considerate–he’s a perfect captain and a perfect gentleman. I’d continue to profess my love for Iker, but I have to go swoon now. 😉

    Thanks again, Una, for keeping us all in the loop with your fantastic blog. I can’t start the day without it!

  9. Lulja permalink
    January 23, 2011 16:39

    What an interview, I totally loved it!
    Iker’s answers are well thought-out. He has very interesting views on all the different subjects – I especially loved the ones in which he’s talking about moral issues.

    Yet, going through the last paragraph, you can really feel the pressure that he is put under permanently… I almost teared up when he mentioned John Lennon. I do really hope that he will never have to face such a situation. How can people be so cruel?

    Btw: Who would not love to see Iker carrying a (his!) baby on his arm??? Just imagine… ♥

  10. Emily permalink
    January 23, 2011 16:55

    He’s so well spoken and intelligent. It’s nice seeing an athlete who cares about important issues and isn’t just focusing on sports. He is a fantastic man.

  11. suzanne permalink
    January 23, 2011 18:38

    wow!! what a fantastic, indepth look at our captain. that is one of the best interviews i’ve ever read!! thank you so much for translating una!!

    also, while i love that pic as well, replace brown eyes with green and he looks scarily similar to my ex-boyfriend.

  12. Pam permalink
    January 23, 2011 19:13

    Iker is awesome! Not only a great footballer, but an all-round great person.

  13. Fatima permalink
    January 23, 2011 20:36

    For the first time I feel like I got to know something about Iker. Finally!!

  14. Laila permalink
    January 23, 2011 21:00

    Each time I read an interview with Iker, I love him even more. He’s such a down-to-earth and humble guy and doesn’t brag about himself at all <3.

  15. January 23, 2011 21:22

    Could Iker Casillas be anymore perfect? Just saying 🙂 ❤

    Q: When will you become a father? Do you like children?
    A: Before no, but now I’m getting there…

    awwwww 🙂 Come on, him and Sara need to get it on already…lol we know their children would be beautiful…and we know he would be one of the greatest dads eevaahhh 🙂

  16. blitzen permalink
    January 23, 2011 22:20

    Does “collaborator” mean something different in Spanish than it does in English? Because the way he used it doesn’t make sense to me.

    Really nice interview, though.

    • January 24, 2011 13:40

      On Spanish gossip shows, a “collaborator” can be the friend of a cousin of the sister-in-law of the neighbor of someone dubiously famous (probably for sleeping with someone more famous), and because of this “connection” they have the “credibility” to talk about that famous person.

  17. raheeq permalink
    January 24, 2011 00:27

    nice interview
    (you waste time in getting to know people that you don’t know instead of getting to know better those people that you do know) i disagree you know nothing about facebook
    (I haven’t been baptized or received communion) and they call him san iker jajajajajaja

    (, whether you come out in pajamas to take out the trash, whether you pick your nose, whether you put your hand where it doesn’t belong or scratch somewhere where you shouldn’t… ) so funny

  18. Ange permalink
    January 24, 2011 01:15

    …… ummmm…… he has left me speechless …. i’m like … WOW!!!! ….you can tell he is very smart…. I like that …. now I can tell why they call him San Iker!!! *lol* …. i got one question though…

    Can I have my own Iker plz!!!

    & i have to say I agree with everything he has said…. & i have facebook & twitter… but sometime I use it to vent or follow celebs … athelets and the news….NOT to get to know ppl…

    I love Iker … more now…

    THANX UNA!!!!

    another question … were can I find me a man like the ones from the Spanish NT …. I swear you mix all 23 of them … you will creat the perfect man!!!! *lol* 😀

  19. January 24, 2011 01:20

    wow that’s probably one of the best interviews I’ve read in a long time! The questions asked were amazing, why couldn’t all interviews be like this? Anyway,
    “I also believe it has lost its essence, you waste time in getting to know people that you don’t know instead of getting to know better those people that you do know.”
    I totally agree, which is why I despise Facebook, but twitter on the other hand, is just an outlet for me to rant without taking it out verbally on others =)

  20. emily permalink
    January 24, 2011 03:54

    Great interview. Thanks for the translation, U. The last paragraph is the most compelling of all, IMO. We think that he lives a life we can dream of, but he has traded away his privacy and, worst of all, security, for his fame. Sry, Sin Iker, you are officially famous. Chicks all around the world dig you and guys everywhere want to be you and have your life.
    I actually had my kids read the last quote. They REALLY adore John Lennon and the Beatles. They were surprised that he mentioned JL and that Iker identified with what happened to him. But, unfortunately, Iker is right. You never know when someone is going to trip offline and make a bad decision. I am glad he wants to move into that more secure neighborhood. It will give he and Cris a chance to get better acquainted… Hey! Cris can teach Iker how to change a diaper when he and Sara come over to babysit. It’s perfect!

  21. LaBlanca permalink
    January 24, 2011 07:54

    interesting interview, thanx for bringing it up & translating, Una!

    Just I think that with the social networks hes right but only partly, I think he forgets about one thing thats especially useful for stars like him. To clear up with crap or rumors the media writes about you. It can also take the wind out of the sails of the paparazzi. Also its great to keep in direct touch with the fans.

  22. Mandy permalink
    January 24, 2011 12:06

    Iker is definitely a role model for younsters. His words inspire me a lot.

  23. January 24, 2011 14:01

    THANKS UnaMadridista for a wonderful translation!!!!!

    Geeez, he’s so McDreamy, how is he real?!!!!!!!!!!!!

  24. Pammie permalink
    January 24, 2011 17:05

    Now that was certainly a refreshing interview with the sports part left off completely! And interesting to read. Thanks so much for the translation!

    I had no clue that he isn’t baptised.

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