Real Madrid’s Summer recruit, Thibaut Courtois won the FIFA Best Goalkeeper Award for his performances at Chelsea and Belgium Last Season. The Belgian Shot stopper was given the title of the “Best Goalkeeper in the World” but was ironically left out of the “FIFA FIFPro World XI” which is exceptionally bizarre because it seems like FIFA is contradicting itself. Nevertheless, Courtois had a great Season and was particularly impressive at the World Cup in Russia.
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Courtois picked up the trophy over Kasper Schmeichel for his exploits with Denmark at the World Cup & with Leicester City and also took the award away from France and Tottenham Hotspur captain Hugo Lloris for an impressive World Cup Winning campaign. Courtois played every minute of Belgium’s World Cup campaign and was extremely impressive especially, against five-time World Champions Brazil, Courtois tucked Neymar’s swerving shot away to ensure that Belgium would win the game.
Thibaut Courtois is only the Second ever recipient of this award, considering FIFA started awarding Goalkeeper’s only since the 2017 edition of the ceremony, makes you wonder how under-appreciated Goalkeepers are in the modern game. Courtois and Gianluigi Buffon are the only two players to have received the award, not a bad start at all to kick this award off. Goalkeeping great and Manchester United Legend Edwin Van Der Sar presented the award to Courtois, and the Belgian was gleaming.
“I would like to thank my team-mates and my coaches – they always give the best advice,” he further thanked his teammates “Thanks to all those who voted for me and thanks to my teammates from Chelsea, Real Madrid and Belgium as well as my family and friends, who are there for me in the good times and bad times.”
Well deserved and it’s good to see Goalkeepers getting their due not only in the Transfer Market with big fees being splurged around but also at nights like this where they’re being showered with accolades.