Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has admitted that he is not surprised by his omission from the 2021 price lists for the best football prize, which was released this week.
Fans might have expected Courtois to be among the nominees for FIFA’s best goalkeeper award for men, which he previously won in 2018 and was on the shortlist for 2020.
But Courtois insists he is not bothered by the guy and suggested it could even have been justified after he was critical of the international football calendar last month.
The Belgian blew up UEFA after the Nations League final in third place against Italy, claiming that the game’s sole purpose was “extra money” for Europe’s governing bodies.
“Ultimately, the collective trophies are more important than the individual awards, I prefer to win the Champions League and the league than these awards,” Courtois said this week via Marca.
“The best thing does not surprise me so much maybe because of what happened a month ago, because of some comments from me … I do not know.
“I know what I do to help the club and that’s the most important thing. I do not intend to comment further on it, I do not need to go in anymore, I do not know who decides, there are fantastic goalkeepers who are there … and in in the end, the best man may win it. ”
Courtois has only kept five zeros in 17 games for Real in the entire competition so far this season. But Los Blancos still leads La Liga ahead of Real Sociedad and Sevilla, much thanks to a productive attack that has averaged 2.5 goals per game, and a total of nine more than the second best.
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