Regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the modern era, Courtois has performed admirably for the likes of Real Madrid, Chelsea, and the Belgium national team. Standing at an imposing 6 foot 7, we take a look at some of the contemporary greatest quotes on Thibaut Courtois.
Courtois was named the man of the match in the recent Champions League final where he made a total of nine vital saves as his club Real Madrid beat Liverpool by a solitary goal.
Working his way through the KRC Genk side in Belgium, he was noted for the minor amount of goals he conceded and the clean sheets he kept in his time there.
Despite joining Chelsea in 2011, Courtois was loaned off to Spanish side Atletico Madrid, where he impressed again with his clean sheets record and the least amount of goals conceded in a season. He even went on to break the club record by not conceding a goal for over 13-and-a-half hours!
A return to Chelsea followed after three seasons with Madrid, and a fine haul of one La Liga, one domestic Cup, one Super Cup, and one Europa League title.
His exploits at Chelsea saw two Premier Leagues and one FA Cup victory, as well as a Premier League Golden Glove honour, during which time he also performed heroically for Belgium in the 2018 World Cup, where his 27 saves helped the team to reach the semi-final, and earned him the Golden Glove, together with ensuing goalkeeper of the year awards.
He is currently still with Spanish team Real Madrid.
“When a goalkeeper is man of the match you know something is going wrong for the other team.”
Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool manager)
“His greatest virtue is his emotional control. The bigger the match, the more you can see that he was born for these games…..If Madrid win, Thibaut could be nominated for the Ballon d’Or. He would be talked about with a win and an important role in it.”
Roberto Martinez (Belgium coach)
“…..his maturity and his solidity…..The best in the world? Without a doubt, because the season he has had has been very good, he has established himself as a goalkeeper, you can see a very important maturity that he transmits to the rest of his teammates, if you have a goalkeeper like him you have a very solid phase.”
Iker Casillas (former Real Madrid goalkeeper)
“He was a robust little kid…..A quiet guy, but at that time already a no-nonsense person. We didn’t have a real goalkeeper…..But you already saw he had some good reflexes.”
Bart Theunissen (Bilzen first team coach)
“He was a laid-back guy, relaxed…..He learned things easily. He had the right coordination of his body, although he was right-handed and left-footed, and had those amazing reflexes…..He was quite determined already then.”
Gilbert Roex (Genk youth team goalkeeping coach)
“He won’t break. He’s mentally a strong kid…..”
Thierry Courtois (father)
“I can say Courtois is one of the best, maybe the best goalkeeper in the world.”
Antonio Conte (Chelsea manager)
“Courtois is one of the best goalkeepers in the world and he knows it…..With a keeper like him, we feel more secure.”
Diego Costa (Atletico Madrid player)
“…..one of the best goalkeepers in the world.”
Gerardo Martino (Barcelona manager)
“Thibaut is the best goalkeeper in the world.”
Radomel Falcao (former Atletico Madrid player)
“The young Thibaut Courtois, one of the main architects of Atletico Madrid’s success in recent seasons…..his dives, his saves and his safe hands have earned themselves a place in Rojiblanco history.”
“…..best in world.”
Toby Alderweireld (Belgium team-mate)
“Courtois is amazing, to me he’s the world’s best goalkeeper. I never saw anything like him, he saves every shot during training sessions and also here.”
Vinicius Junior (Real Madrid team-mate)
“I witnessed an impeccable goalkeeper, Courtois, make inexplicable saves…..”