Monday 19 August 2019

In off the post: Casillas drops a clanger on lottery

Gerry McDermott

SPANISH goalkeeper Iker Casillas isn't prone to making too many mistakes but the Real Madrid stopper made quite a howler when he was a youngster.

His dad, like many others, loved doing the Spanish Football Pools and one weekend he got the results of the 15 matches absolutely correct, just missing out on a massive jackpot because he didn't have the bonus game.

However, despite running out of luck, he was still looking at winning over ?1million when Iker admitted that he had forgotten to post the coupon and, to make matters even worse, had spent the entrance fee.

That Iker is still around to tell the tale is testimony to his father's great understanding of the situation.

Needless to say, since he broke into the Real Madrid first team his son has been able to repay him handsomely for his error.

"Nah, it wasn't a big deal, just a bit stupid; it happens," said Iker, whose success has probably eased his father's disappointment somewhat.

"The money would have been handy, but he doesn't talk about it much any more," he added.

His success has certainly been glorious and, at only 23, he is the first choice for Real Madrid and the Spanish national team and already boasts two European Cups, two league titles and 38 caps.

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