Courtois believes it’s hard for Keepers to win Ballon d’Or

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Thibaut Courtois believes it will tough for goal keepers to pick up the Ballon d’Or after his teammate Karim Benzima won the award.

Real Madrid goal keeper Thibaut Courtois believe it will be “impossible” for a goalkeeper to win the Ballon d’Or after finishing seventh in the men’s 2022 ranking.

The Belgian played crucial role in Real Madrid’s Champions League and LaLiga double last season.

The 30-year-old was the highest-ranked goalkeeper in the 2022 list — revealed in a ceremony organised by France Football in Paris.

The former Chelsea goal keeper also won the award for best goalkeeper, which is named after Lev Yashin, the only goalkeeper to receive the Ballon d’Or in the award’s history in 1963.

“The truth is that I think it’s impossible,” Courtois said to RTVE when asked if a goalkeeper could win the award again.

“Obviously Karim deserves it, we all agree with that. But after the year I had as a goalkeeper, you win the Champions League, you win the league, you play the Champions League final and your team wins it thanks to your saves, and you only end up seventh […] that says a lot.”

“The votes don’t go towards goalkeepers,” Courtois said. “In the top 10 there weren’t any defenders either. It’s what happens. It’s a bit difficult. But at least they gave me the trophy for best goalkeeper.”

Courtois was voted man of the match after making a record nine saves in Madrid’s 1-0 Champions League final win over Liverpool in May, while he conceded just 29 goals in 36 LaLiga starts last season.

The only other goalkeeper to make the 2022 men’s Ballon d’Or shortlist, finishing joint 25th, was AC Milan’s Mike Maignan.

There was surprise when Real Madrid finished third in the 2022 Club of the Year category behind Manchester City and Liverpool, two teams that they beat on their way to winning the Champions League for the 14th time.

 

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