It is very likely that you have heard at least one of Julio Iglesias’ songs, as this Spain-born artist is one of the best-selling Spanish singers ever. But did you know that he had a go at professional football in his younger years?
Julio Iglesias: the singer who was once a Real Madrid goalkeeper
Julio Iglesias was born and raised in Madrid, where he attented a law college. During his teenage years, he became interested in football. Obviously, he had some talent for sports, as he soon started playing professionally during his years as university student. Iglesias has been rather modest about his sports career, claiming that his attitude was good but the same could not be said of his skills as a football player. However, he was recruited by Real Madrid as the team’s goalkeeper. Unfortunately, his career at Real Madrid did not last long enough, as in 1962 he suffered a very serious car accident that caused him spine injuries. Iglesias was bed-bound for 2 years after the accident, and even when he recovered, his legs were not strong enough to play football again. It was during his recovery period that he became interested in music.
Real Madrid and the Liga BBVA
Much has changed in Real Madrid since Iglesias was the team’s goalkeeper. Today, the team is one of the favourites to win the current BBVA League (simply by looking at the odds). Real Madrid is currently competing for the title against FC Barcelona and Atletico de Madrid, which have 40 points each against Real Madrid’s 37 points. Athletic Bilbao and Villareal follow closely behind with 29 and 28 points each. The team trusts in the performance of the Spanish League’s top scorer, Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo, who was transfered from Manchester United for the whopping sum of £80 million. The team’s goalkeeper is Iker Casillas, who is also the team’s captain and has been playing for Real Madrid for 14 years. Five years ago, Casillas was fourth in the European Footballer of the Year Awards, so with or without Julio Iglesias, Real Madrid’s performance this season looks very encouraging.