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‘A man possessed’ – Real Madrid ‘will build statues’ as Thibaut Courtois calls for respect after heroic display against Liverpool in Champions League final


Thibaut Courtois has written himself into the history books of Real Madrid after guiding them to Champions League glory in a 1-0 win over Liverpool.

The Belgium international was man of the match at the Stade de France as a number of game-winning saves saw the Spanish giants propel the Reds to the biggest crown in European football.

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Courtois was the best player in European football’s biggest game

‘A man possessed’ – Real Madrid ‘will build statues’ as Thibaut Courtois calls for respect after heroic display against Liverpool in Champions League final

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Courtois was unbeatable at the Stade de France

The 30-year-old faced 24 penalty kicks and made nine brilliant saves to preserve Madrid’s lead, leading talkSPORT commentator Jim Proudfoot to say: “He’s the man of the match.

“If Real Madrid win, they will build statues for him.”

Described by Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti after the match as “incredible”, Courtois was quick to make the point that he hoped his winning performance would be enough to silence his critics in England.

Speaking to BT Sport, the former Chelsea goalkeeper said: “Yesterday in the press conference I said that when Madrid play finals they win them.

“I’m on the right side of history and I’ve seen all the tweets come my way and say I’ll be humiliated today. It was the other way around I think.

“Today I needed to win a final for my career, for all the hard work, to put respect on my name because I don’t think I get respect, especially in England because I get a lot criticism even after a good season and saying I wasn’t good enough or whatever.


‘A man possessed’ – Real Madrid ‘will build statues’ as Thibaut Courtois calls for respect after heroic display against Liverpool in Champions League final

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Courtois was delighted to silence his detractors

“I’m just very happy and proud of the team’s performance.

“We stuck to it and when I needed to be there for the team, I was there.”

He added: “We beat the best clubs in the world, with us.

“If you look at City and Liverpool, they’ve been amazing this season and fought hard in the Premier League.

“They won two cups, Liverpool. They were really strong today and I think I played a great game today and that’s the difference because we had a chance and we scored it.

One man who was hugely impressed with Courtois was Jermaine Pennant – who predicted Liverpool’s missed chances against the stopper would come back to haunt them.

‘A man possessed’ – Real Madrid ‘will build statues’ as Thibaut Courtois calls for respect after heroic display against Liverpool in Champions League final

Courtois made nine top-class saves against the Reds

‘A man possessed’ – Real Madrid ‘will build statues’ as Thibaut Courtois calls for respect after heroic display against Liverpool in Champions League final

The Belgian stopper will be the toast of the city as Madrid prepare to celebrate winning the Champions League

Pennant told the Sports Bar: “He came out looking possessed. Courtois was a man on a mission today.

“Twenty-four shots he faced, nine on target but whatever Liverpool tried or did he was there to stop it.

“From the corners he would come out and command the ball and put his body on it. He dwelt on the shots.

“In the first five minutes, Salah threw one around the corner, but it fell like a blow. He was unbelievable.

“I said during the game the way he plays is going to come back and haunt Liverpool if they don’t put one on and he just stopped the chances.

“I knew it would come back and haunt Liverpool.”

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