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Roberto Martinez: Courtois deserves the Ballon d`Or.  He is the first goalkeeper in my memory who played such a role in winning the Champions League 

Roberto Martinez: Courtois deserves the Ballon d`Or. He is the first goalkeeper in my memory who played such a role in winning the Champions League

9-12-2022

Roberto Martinez thinks Thibaut Courtois deserved to win the Ballon d`Or.

- Courtois got better at what he did in 2018 (Thibaut was recognized as the best goalkeeper of the World Cup - approx. ). In my memory, he is the first goalkeeper to play such a significant role in winning the Champions League.

Football has different criteria when it comes to comparing outfield players to goalkeepers, but in my opinion, Thibaut deserved the Ballon d`Or. This has not happened since the 1970s (Lev Yashin received the Golden Ball in 1963-approx. ), but Courtois` results in the Champions League show that he is a unique player.



We have always seen what he is like. In 2018, as the best goalkeeper in the World Cup, he went through very difficult previous moments upon his arrival at Real Madrid. That`s where he showed his level of maturity.

He never admitted defeat and wanted to work really hard. We in Belgium are very proud of him, and he will mark an entire era. In the future, this will greatly change the training of young Belgian goalkeepers, said the head coach of the Belgian national team.
Roberto Martinez: Courtois deserves the Ballon d`Or. He is the first goalkeeper in my memory who played such a role in winning the Champions League



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