Thibaut Courtois responds to Best FIFA Goalkeeper snub

    Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has admitted he is not surprised by his omission from the 2021 Best FIFA Football Award shortlists, which were released this week.

    Fans might have expected Courtois to be among the nominees for the Best FIFA Men’s Goalkeeper prize, which he previously won in 2018 and was on the shortlist for in 2020.

    But Courtois insists he isn’t bothered by the snub and suggested it could even have been motivated after he was critical of the international football calendar last month.

    The Belgian blasted UEFA following the Nations League finals third place playoff against Italy, claiming the game’s only purpose was ‘extra money’ for Europe’s governing body.

    “In the end the collective trophies are more important than the individual awards, I prefer to win the Champions League and the League than those awards,” Courtois said this week, via Marca.

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