Iker Casillas tribute vandalised - reports

24 April 2013 09:25

A monument dedicated to Real Madrid and Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas has been vandalised with slogans supporting Diego Lopez, his rival for a place in the Madrid side, reports said on Tuesday.

The monument sits in the street in the Mostoles area of Madrid -- where he is from -- that was named after him after leading Spain to their first World Cup trophy.

But pictures showed that the monument -- which has a picture of Casillas playing for Spain -- has been daubed with "C'mon Diego L", a reference to Lopez, who has kept the Spain number one out of the Real Madrid side since January.

Another sarcastic slogan reads that Casillas, who has not played since breaking a bone in his hand in January, was now "the best goalkeeper in Pozuelo (an upper-class suburb of Madrid)".

Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque said last week that Casillas will definitely go to the Confederations Cup in Brazil later this year, even if he does not regain his starting place with Real.

Casillas, 31, has won 143 international caps and was a member of the Spain side that won the European championship in 2008 and 2012 and the World Cup in South Africa in 2010.

Source: AFP

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