The former Real Madrid player Ruben De la Red has said that it is about time the Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas was rewarded for his outstanding performances with his club teams and also the Spanish national team over the last decades. The 30-year-old Iker Casillas is regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the world. He has won every major title with Real Madrid, while the last few seasons has also been extremely successful on the international front as well for the Spaniard. However, he is yet to win major personal accolades like the FIFA Ballon d’Or award.

The former Real Madrid player Ruben De la Red has made a case for the Real Madrid goalkeeper by saying that he should be given the award this time around. Iker Casillas comes on the back of the title winning season with Real Madrid, while he has also won the Euro 2012 title with the Spanish national team as well. His competitors in the form of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Andreas Iniesta have not been able to achieve just similar feat. Lionel Messi may have scored a lot of goals, Cristiano Ronaldo may have won the la Liga title, while Iniesta the Euro 2012, but Iker Casillas has won both the major titles.

“The truth is, goalkeepers maintain a different outlook to the rest of the team. To me, saving a goal is just as important as scoring one. Through that, Casillas has done enough to deserve the Ballon d’Or,” said the former Real Madrid player Ruben De la Red, who announced his retirement from professional football a few years ago. There have been reports that the goalkeeper Iker Casillas has fallen out with the Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo over the differences with regard to who should win the FIFA Ballon d’Or award.