Unfortunately, Valdés' career came to a sad end, as a result of an untimely injury suffered right when he was preparing to move abroad. He could have gone on until he was 40, just as Casillas had planned on doing and now also won't be able to, no matter how harsh a reality that is to face up to. However, football's doors will remain open to them both: to Valdés as a coach, a career path that he's working on as we speak, and to Casillas in all manner of possible roles. At FIFA, at UEFA, or perhaps at Madrid, where Florentino Pérez may want him where he can keep an eye on him, a bit like Raúl. We'll no longer see either of them out on the pitch, but they'll forever remain etched into the memories of the fans, who will never forget their colossal exploits between the sticks, or their exemplary rivalry.