LaLiga News: “Even on the podium!” – Courtois supported Casillas after insulting the “Golden ball”

    Thibault Courtois suggested that the Yashin Trophy was “invented” to appease goalkeepers as he struggled to make sense of his seventh-place Ballon d’Or finish – a skepticism shared by Iker Casillas.

    Courtois’ goalkeeper Real Madrid teammate Karim Benzema received the top honor at a Paris ceremony on Monday and was named the world’s best player by France Football.

    Benzema was a worthy winner, as Courtois himself admitted, scoring 44 goals in 46 games as Madrid won La Liga and the Champions League in 2021-22. He scored two hat-tricks of a record 10 goals in the Champions League play-offs.

    But Courtois was also part of those two triumphs and played an equally important role in the European success, making nine saves in the final against Liverpool – a record since Opta data was first collected in 2003-04 and cost 2.5 averted. goals, according to the data. expected goals based on target data.

    The Belgian international beat Liverpool’s Alisson to win the Yashin Trophy, awarded to the world’s best goalkeeper, but he felt he should have done better overall.

    “First of all, I want to say that I am very happy for Karim Benzema,” said Courtois to Cadena SER.

    “It seems better to score a goal than to stop it. This is a battle that has yet to be won. Given the logic of voting, there was no chance for me to place very high and, of course, win.

    “I’m not saying that I should have won it! But you win La Liga, the Champions League, your team wins thanks to your saves… and you only finish seventh. You’re not even on the podium.

    “There was not even a defender in the top 10. At least this year they have invented a prize for the best goalkeeper.”

    Meanwhile, on Twitter, Courtois shared a post by former Madrid goalkeeper Casillas that read: “I’m happy for Thibault Courtois! Today he is the best goalkeeper in the world.

    “What doesn’t please me is that I didn’t put him on the last podium for the Ballon d’Or. I still don’t understand what those who choose this award are based on.”

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