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Iker Casillas: Spain's goalie won't retire until Italian keeper does

By Alex Butler
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Iker Casillas: Spain's goalie won't retire until Italian keeper does
Iker Casillas of Spain. UPI/Chris Brunskill | License Photo

PARIS, June 13 (UPI) -- Two world-class goalkeepers could play into their 40's.

Spain keeper Iker Casillas recently told La Gazzetta dello Sport that he won't retire until Italy's Gianluigi Buffon also retires.

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Buffon, 38, signed an extension with Juventus in May. He will stay with Juventus through the 2017-2018 season.

Casillas is 35-years-old, but his contract runs through 2018. Casillas has won two European Championship medals and a World Cup.

"When he retires, I will too," Casillas told La Gazzetta dello Sport. "He just signed a new deal and that makes me happy because that means I will too.

"When we call it quits we'll set up a nice match between my friends and his friends."

Casillas and David de Gea are each vying for a spot between the pipes in Spain's Euro 2016 opening game against Czech Republic Monday. The Spaniards are looking to become the first team to ever win three consecutive Euro cups.

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