Real Madrid's Iker Casillas: Making my debut against Athletic Bilbao is the greatest memory I have

The 30-year-old talks about his experience of making his first appearance for the Liga giants against the Basque club 12 years ago today
Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas celebrates his 12-year anniversary with the senior squad on Monday and has stated that making his debut against Athletic Bilbao is his greatest football memory.

The Spanish No.1 is expected to start in the Champions League away fixture against Dinamo Zagreb on Wednesday, which will be his 577 official appearance for the Liga giants.

Welsh coach John Toshack handed Casillas his debut against Athletic at San Mames, with the young Spaniard going on to become a regular fixture for the European giants.

"That's the greatest football memory I have. I went from playing in the second division B playoffs with Real Madrid C to being at San Mames," the 30-year-old told the club's official website.

"You can imagine how different it was: from three journalists covering the match, there were now 50. From playing in front of a crowd 500 strong to playing in front of 50,000. It was a brutal change."

Casillas has since gone on to make 124 appearances for the Spain, helping his country to become the current world and European champions.