Iker Casillas Fern?ndez Spanish pronunciation:?ÿ[??iker ka??si??as]; (born 20 May 1981 in M??stoles, Madrid) is a Spanish football goalkeeper who plays for Spanish La Liga club Real Madrid and as captain of the Spanish national team. He is currently first-choice goalkeeper for both club and country. As captain of the national side, he led a young Spanish team to their first European Championship in 44 years. He was ranked 4th in the 2008 Ballon d’Or, higher than any other goalkeeper in that year.