Madrid - Real Madrid has given Iker Casillas a belated official send-off at the Santiago Bernabeu on Monday a day after the former captain and goalkeeper broke down in tears in a solitary farewell before the press.
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The club and its president Florentino Perez came under criticism for what many saw as a heartless way to brush aside a player who had spent 25 years at Madrid and helped it win three Champions League titles and five Spanish leagues.
Perez acknowledged "maybe we did things badly" and there had been confusion, but insisted it had been Casillas who had chosen to leave Madrid for Porto and had wanted "an austere and simple" farewell.
Casillas said he was sorry "if there had been discrepancies" and that he left Madrid as "just another fan."