It can’t always be easy being a high-profile footballer in this day and age.
Yes, they may earn a ridiculous amount of money but they also have to put up with a ridiculous amount of abuse.
With social media sites like Twitter, it takes a matter of seconds for anyone in the world to write an offensive 140 character message to whoever they wish.
Footballers must have to deal with hundreds of these messages every day and sometimes it can be difficult not to react. That temptation was too much for Iker Casillas last night.
After a follower compared the legendary ‘keeper to a mannequin, the Spaniard hit back in style.
The user wrote: "No-one realises that the boss of the mannequin [challenge] has always been Casillas, with his statue-esque poses as he watches the ball..."
Casillas, who now plays for Porto, replied “Before going to bed, put on this video…get a paper and pen and take some notes. [then]I'll ask you what you've learned."
Attached in the tweet was a video of some of Casillas’ greatest moments from his illustrious career.
Of course, abusing someone with a status like Casillas is pretty absurd. The 35-year-old is one of the greatest goalkeepers to have ever played the game, making 725 appearances for Real Madrid and earning 167 caps for Spain.
His trophy cabinet is pretty full as well. Five La Ligas, two Copa del Reys, three Champions Leagues, two European Championships and a World Cup. Not to mention he’s been named in the FIFPro World XI on five occasions from 2008 - 2012.
So, if you’re going to abuse a football on Twitter, try to pick one who hasn’t got an incredible YouTube compilation of their career that will make you look very silly.
Fair play, Iker.
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