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“I do not understand how my son is not among the nominees for athletes of the year … I think in Belgium, we do not respect great athletes enough. “Are the words of a father hurt because his son, goalkeeper reference of a club like the Real Madrid, is not among the best in the world according to The Best awards given by the FIFA. The merengue goalkeeper did not appear in the best eleven, where the players themselves vote. A surprise since, unlike other names that appeared, Courteous it does have the endorsement of the data.
The Belgian goalkeeper has become one of the best in the world. He already arrived at Real Madrid with that condition, but the competition of players like Oblak, Ter Stegen or Neuer They could adjust the debate about who is number one. However, in recent meetings it has been possible to verify the importance of the former Chelsea. Courtois is key in a Real Madrid that aspires to everything and that, without its star, would not have that same condition.
This start of the season, with several ups and downs in the set of ZidaneIt has become clear that when Courtois does not fit in, Madrid wins without problems and with a good image. The merengue box closes ranks in defense and Courtois, at the slightest action that he must intervene, does so. Before him Athletic It could be verified with a decisive stop, but it was not the first time. He already did it against FC Barcelona in El Clásico at Camp Nou, where he got a goal from Messi that could have modified the course of the game.
Courtois, at the moment, has already accumulated 19 titles so far this season. In seven of them he was left without receiving a goal, especially in La Liga, where in up to five of the 13 times he has played he has ended with a clean sheet. His physical form is being decisive, in fact, in the last merengue streak. Sevilla, Borussia and Atlético they finished without scoring the Belgian. Only Athletic finished with the bolt, although they did not manage to beat him to turn the game around.
His figure will be differential in the rest of the year. And, as it was in 2019/2020, especially in La Liga. Of the ten games he played in the domestic championship, Courtois finished without receiving any goals in six of these appointments. The outcome, known to all, was to lift the title. Until now, it is together with Benzema who has scored the most points for the whites.
Data against rivals
The awards presented by FIFA this week have left much to be desired. And with Courtois as one of the great losers. Although he is not the goalkeeper who was unbeaten the most games, he is one of the best of last season, where he also won more titles than some of the nominees.
Courtois finished the campaign with 43 games, 32 goals conceded and 21 games without conceding any goals. Alisson, who was designated as the best goalkeeper of the ideal eleven, did not improve these data and in six fewer games he only conceded three fewer goals and was unbeaten only 17 times.
Regarding Oblak, rival of Atlético de Madrid, the mattress received six more goals in six more disputed games. Only one difference in the matches that ended unbeaten, so the equality was maximum. And Neuer, winner of The Best for best goalkeeper, received 17 more goals in eight games difference and with the same unbeaten numbers. The Champions League it was his salvation.
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