Iker Casillas, a Real Madrid legend, has come out publicly to refute claims that he is gay. The former Spanish international claims that his account was hacked, and as a result, his account was utilized to cast him in a negative light.
Casillas apologized to the LGBT community for the tweet that went viral. The tweet read: “I hope you respect me, I’m gay,” to which his ex-Spain teammate Carles Puyol replied: “It’s time to tell our story, Iker.”
The tweet from Casillas’ account went viral, sparking discussions on his relationship with other players while he was in post for Real Madrid. He has been classified as a high-profile individual to further the cause of the LGBT community.
Puyol, a former player for Barcelona also tweeted after Casillas’ tweet: “It’s time to tell our story”.
After Casillas deleted his tweet, Puyol followed suit and deleted his. Puyol further wrote: ” I was mistaken. Sorry for a clumsy joke without any bad intentions but absolutely out of place. I understand that it could have hurt feelings. All my respect and support for the LGBTQ+ community.”
A growing number of football players have bravely come out as homosexual in recent years, including Blackpool attacker Jake Daniels, who did so as the first professional footballer in the UK.
For 16 years, the former goalkeeper represented Real Madrid, where he amassed numerous prestigious victories, including three Champions League wins and five La Liga championships.
In addition, Casillas, who made 167 appearances for Spain, helped the squad win the World Cup and two European Championships.
A lot of people have condemned Casillas for the tweet. Some are of the view that he’s lying to the public despite claiming his account was hacked. Others are of the view that making jokes about his sexuality is a serious issue and he has to be questioned.