Thibaut Courtois has received the 2022 Yashin Trophy after being voted as the finest goalkeeper of the 2021/22 season.
The award comes one day after he missed out on Real Madrid’s 3-1 win over Barcelona at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu due to injury.
Courtois was the star of the Champions League final against Liverpool, as he managed to almost singlehandedly keep his team in the game with some big saves.
He competed with extraordinary goalkeepers such as Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, Alisson, Ederson and Jan Oblak but managed to win the prize for best shot-stopper worldwide.
Decisive in the Champions League
Courtois was criticized for his statements on the eve of the Champions League final against Liverpool, when he insisted that “when Real Madrid play finals, they win them”. His remarks were controversial due to his Atletico Madrid past.
The Belgium international was happy during his time at Atletico, but this does not mean that he wasn’t a Real Madrid fan when he was a kid.
Dream come true
When Real Madrid expressed their interest in signing Courtois, Chelsea tried to prevent him from departing the club. The Belgian star forced his exit to make his dream come true.
“I want to thank my team because thanks to them I have been able to win this trophy,” Courtois said.
“I want to remember my family and my children for the support I received from them throughout the year.”