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more Iker on his birthday

May 20, 2011
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Iker posted this ridiculously adorable video of him and Sergio to his Facebook earlier today (and he held the camera the right way, which is more than I can say for a certain Javi (!!!)…).  Here’s what they say.

Iker: Hello!

Sergio: Hello!  We want to send out our best regards to all the followers of the Facebook of my friend and brother, Iker.

Iker:  See you later!

What do you love the most – Sergio’s kiss at the end, the teammates/random guy in the background, Iker’s smile lines, the fact that they filmed this in an airport, Iker’s laugh…

The video is only 10 seconds long, but there’s so much to love!

Keep reading for a year-by-year list of the milestones in Iker’s life…

Courtesy of AS, in celebration of the birthday boy.

1981: Iker was born on May 20, the son of José and Carmen.  They named him Iker because they liked the way the name sounded.

1st year: he spent it in Móstoles, with summers in Navalacruz.

2nd year: he began to kick the ball, but he was just average at it.

3rd year: he began to study at the Vicente Alexiandre school, but he didn’t play on the football team.

4th year: he chose to become a goalkeeper.  His father brought him to play in the Joan Miró school, and he was given a shirt of Arconada as a gift.

5th year: he trained with his father, who told him, “go to the goal.  I’ll shoot at you and you have to stop the balls.”

6th year: he played with 1o-year-olds: “they called me to play with them because I stopped balls well and no one else wanted to be in the goal.”

7th year: the Three Kings brought him kneepads and elbow pads.  He was mischievous: he cut the cord of his mother’s sewing machine.

8th year: he was always the best in games.  He kept being asked why he didn’t try out for a serious team.

9th year: he tried out for Madrid and was accepted.  Antonio Mezquita said, “out of the 300, only one will get to the first team.”

10th year: he played for the Losada team, and then the Benjamín.

11th year: he played in the Meudon trophy tournament in Paris and finished second.  Mendoza gave 12,000 pesetas to each one.

12th year: in the mornings, he went to class, and in the afternoons, his dad would take him every day to the Ciudad Deportiva.

13th year: he won the Premier Cup against Barcelona.  They were honored in the Bernabéu and given a trip to Disney World.

14th year: he played in the Mundialito in Bolivia and won it.

15th year: he received his first salary, 15,000 pesetas.  His parents gave him 200 pesetas each week.

16th year: on Nov. 24, 1997, Madrid took him from school to go with the first team to Norway.

17th year: he became a world champion with the U-20 team in Nigeria, along with Xavi.

18th year: on Sept. 12, 1999, he debuted in San Mamés.  In the Champions, it was against Olympiacos.

19th year: he won his first Champions League in Paris, debuted with La Roja in Goteborg and went to the Eurocopa.  He also won the Trofeo Bravo.

20th year: he won his first Liga in May 2001.  On May 15, 2002, he won La Novena.  He entered for César and was decisive.

21st year: in the 2002 World Cup, he stopped two penalties against Ireland.  He won the Intercontinental Cup and the European Supercup.

22nd year: in June 2003, he won his second Liga.

23rd year: his worst moment with the national team.  Spain didn’t get past the first round of the 2004 Eurocopa.

24th year: after a long and tough negotiation, he signed his first big contract, for 4.5 million in November 2005.

25th year: he played in his second World Cup, where Spain was eliminated in the round of 16.

26th year: in the summer of 2007, he traveled to Sierra Leone.  In May 2008, he won the Liga.

27th year: champions of Europe with Spain, and decisive against Italy, after winning his fourth Liga.

28th year: he wa chosen for the second consecutive year as the best goalkeeper in the world by the IFFHS.

29th year: he won the World Cup with Spain, and the Golden Glove.  He completed his collection of trophies with the Copa del Rey.

18 Comments leave one →
  1. AnnaBuena permalink
    May 20, 2011 19:56

    Beautiful post. I appreciate Iker so much more now. 🙂

  2. Jean permalink
    May 20, 2011 20:10

    LOVE Iker’s smile throughout the entire video and for some reason, the way Sergio say’s Iker’s name is just so absolutely endearing 🙂

  3. Vanessa permalink
    May 20, 2011 20:36

    His brothers tweet about Iker being the best brother in the world just warmed my heart! Happy Birthday Captain Iker!!! 🙂

  4. TuTu permalink
    May 20, 2011 21:34

    Honestly the only words to describe the 10sec video is “Awwwwwwwwwwww”

  5. black widow permalink
    May 20, 2011 21:55

    What do you love the most – Sergio’s kiss at the end, the teammates/random guy in the background, Iker’s smile lines, the fact that they filmed this in an airport, Iker’s laugh…

    i love ALL of it! these two are SO SO precious, i can’t even stand it!!! i love how much they love each other and what grand friends they are. it’s absolutely adorable. 🙂 what a lovely little treat for us on his birthday!

    and the 30 facts about our wonderful capitan are tremendous, too! 😀

  6. Anna permalink
    May 20, 2011 22:36

    i love how sergio just curls up his nose… adorable just loveeeee it

  7. yuyutein permalink
    May 20, 2011 23:45

    Thanks, Una! Wow, what a summary of one’s life!
    Happy 30th birthday, Iker♥

  8. Jenny permalink
    May 21, 2011 00:59

    Adorable beyond words – and Adebayor and Ozi in the background – they are quite inseparable!

    I love the random fan – he’s so polite moving out the way when he realizes they are filming something!

  9. May 21, 2011 03:27

    I still can’t believe this…T T Finally they made it!!!!!!!!!
    And also can’t help assuming how they discussed, practised, or decided what to say before casting this video…
    How lovely they both are!!!! It’s the biggest surprise maybe!

    Well, why are they in an airport? Heading where?
    I learnt Dudek will be on the pitch for his last game for Real… So, wish Iker would be in the audience…

  10. maddy permalink
    May 21, 2011 06:46

    sergio totally stole the show in the video!! iker was adorable..
    and the best part was mesut in the back ground chilling with ade 😛

  11. May 21, 2011 07:47

    Thank you so much for this, Una! Yeeeeey! Too cute! I love how active Iker is being on Facebook!

    Speaking of which, what are your thoughts on the song/youtube video Iker dedicated to a “special” person? Of course everyone thinks he’s referring to Sara (or you, maybe?), but I find it surprising that he would make such a public gesture. He’s always been very private about his personal life and I find it out of character that he would do such a thing on his Facebook page. Your thoughts?

    • May 21, 2011 11:44

      It is for Sara – I wrote about it in today’s post. It’s not that out of character, since he didn’t mention her by name. As for public gestures, are you forgetting about The Kiss?

      • May 21, 2011 20:15

        Well, The Kiss was quite understandable. They did just win the World Cup and emotions were running high. I think Iker surprised even himself with that one.

  12. Mandy permalink
    May 21, 2011 10:55

    I think Iker is more comfortable with Sergio to film the video. I cant imagine what would Iker say and do if he films the video on his own.

  13. Sarah, Madrid permalink
    May 21, 2011 12:07

    Iker milestone just give me goosebomps when you read how he started and where is he now! I could imagine if his dad never told him to stand in the goal, perhaps Iker would have never been a goalie and never been the best in it. Amazing!

  14. IsaBella permalink
    May 21, 2011 13:15

    yay, this video is sooooo great!! I absolutely love it, have it saved everywhere! 😉

  15. May 22, 2011 20:20

    You forgot to include this gem!

    “As a young child in the 1980s, Casillas once forgot to post his father’s football pool coupons on the weekend his father had correctly predicted all 14 results; the family lost out on an estimated £1m.”

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