“I don’t know if as a goalkeeper you can do more than I did last year” – Thibaut Courtois makes honest admission after missing out on 2022 Ballon d’Or

Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has expressed disappointment at not winning the 2022 Ballon d’Or, claiming that it is impossible for a goalkeeper to win the prestigious individual award.

France Football awarded the Ballon d’Or to Real Madrid superstar Karim Benzema in a lavish ceremony in Paris on Monday 17 October. Bayern Munich (ex-Liverpool) ace Sadio Mane took second place, while Manchester City’s Kevin de Bruyne took third place.

Very honored to win this trophy! I want to share this moment with all of you and thank you for your unconditional support and love! #HalaMadrid Congratulations @karimbenzema 🔥🔥

Courtois won the Yashin Trophy as the best goalkeeper last season but failed to secure a podium spot in the 2022 Ballon d’Or rankings, finishing seventh.

After the event, Courtois couldn’t contain his disappointment and insisted goalkeepers are not destined to win the award. The former Chelsea goalkeeper said (via DEAL WITH):

“I see it as impossible to win Ballon d’Or. It is impossible for a goalkeeper to win this award. I don’t know if you can do more as a goalkeeper than I did last year.”

Courtois won the LaLiga title, the Champions League trophy and the Spanish Super Cup with Los Blancos in the 2021/22 season, producing outstanding performances in all three competitions.

Thibaut Courtois may have earned a podium finish in the 2022 Ballon d’Or standings

Real Madrid forward Benzema deservedly won the prestigious award on Monday. With 44 goals and 15 assists (46 games), he led Madrid to continental and national glory last season.

Unfortunately, his teammate Courtois’ performances were not seen in the same golden light. Without his exploits, Los Blancos probably wouldn’t have celebrated a treble at the end of the 2021/22 season.

According to FBRef, Courtois made a staggering 56 saves in 13 Champions League games in the 2021-22 season. A record nine of those came in the 1-0 win over Liverpool in the Champions League final.

Thibaut Courtois: I see it as impossible to win the Ballon d’Or (as GK). You win LaLiga and Champions League, your team wins, you made great saves… and you only finish seventh. At least they invented the trophy for the best goalkeeper.”[@teledeporte] https://t.co/3lxj1abYIk

The Belgium international has been just as influential in La Liga as well. He kept 16 clean sheets in 36 games in the Spanish top flight and conceded just 29 as Madrid marched to their 35th La Liga title. Courtois made a whopping 116 stops over the course of the 2021-22 La Liga season.

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Edited by Susan Chakraborty

https://www.sportskeeda.com/football/news-i-don-t-know-goalkeeper-can-i-last-year-thibaut-courtois-makes-honest-admission-missing-2022-ballon-d-or?utm_source=feed&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=sportskeeda “I don’t know if as a goalkeeper you can do more than I did last year” – Thibaut Courtois makes honest admission after missing out on 2022 Ballon d’Or


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