After what Real Madrid president Florentino Perez admitted was an "austere" farewell by Iker Casillas on Sunday, the player was afforded a Santiago Bernabeu exit on Monday, more befitting of his footballing stature and history with Real Madrid.
Whilst the eventual departure of the 34-year-old icon was inevitable, it was also expected to come with the arrival of David De Gea from Manchester United, with fans and the Madrid media expecting nothing less than such a talented goalkeeper, to replace the exiting idol.
Inevitably, Florentino was probed for answers on what the situation is, and whether a move for De Gea is still on, given thus far, Manchester United have refused to listen to any offers.
Florentino clearly didn't wish to discuss that in any detail, simply responding: "De Gea is a great goalkeeper and he belongs to Manchester United, who are our great friends. I don't have any opinion to offer over a club we're friends with."
Swiftly attempting to turn attention away from any further talk about De Gea, whether there's any chance that move can still happen, and back to the purpose of Monday's events at the Santiago Bernabeu, Florentino pointed out: "Iker Casillas is irreplaceable."
Meanwhile, thousands of Los Blancos fans had gathered outside the famous stadium, waiting to be admitted and to say fond farewells to their goalkeeping hero.
"Iker, Iker, Iker..." were the cheers from Real Madrid fans, but also accompanied by angry shouts of "Florentino resign" and "don't sell Sergio Ramos" - as Los Blancos supporters made their feelings perfectly clear, that they don't want another club icon to be departing this summer.