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Getting to know the stars: Iker Casillas

Porto No1 Iker Casillas singled out his top keepers and the most talented player he has played with in a Q&A session on the UEFA Champions League Facebook page.

Iker Casillas answers fans' questions
Iker Casillas answers fans' questions ©UEFA.com

We gave fans of the UEFA Champions League Facebook page the chance to ask Porto goalkeeper Iker Casillas their questions in a live Q&A.

Why did you decide to be a goalkeeper?

Iker Casillas: I've enjoyed it since I was a young kid and also due to the fact my father never wanted to play in that position when we played together!

Most talented player you have ever played with?

Casillas: I always loved watching Zinédine Zidane.

What tips can you give me to become a great goalkeeper?

Casillas: You need to be mentally very strong. Being a goalkeeper involves a lot of risk, courage and intelligence.

Funniest player in the Porto dressing room?

Casillas: Helton. He's always laughing and it rubs off on the rest of the team.

Best striker you have ever faced?

Casillas: Lionel Messi. It has always been Messi. I've played against him a lot in the Real Madrid–Barcelona matches. 

Favourite save?

Casillas during the 2002 final against Leverkusen
Casillas during the 2002 final against Leverkusen©Getty Images

Casillas: Those saves I made against Leverkusen [in the 2002 UEFA Champions League final] and also the one in the World Cup final, when I prevented Arjen Robben from scoring. 

Who was your idol growing up?

Casillas: Peter Schmeichel

Name your top five goalkeepers ever ...

Casillas: Schmeichel, Vítor Baía, Gianluigi Buffon, Oliver Kahn and Santiago Cañizares.

Best goal you've ever conceded?

Casillas: I don't remember any because I get so angry every single time I concede one.

Read more from Casillas on the UEFA Champions League Facebook page.