Thibaut Nicolas Marc Courtois is everyone’s love, not only a favorite for Chelsea and Belgium, and there are countless reasons for this charm.
Standing at nearly 6.7 inches, the goalkeeper made it through Genk’s youth team as an 18-year-old.
Image: Thibaut Courtois
He was part of the team’s success story in their Belgian Pro League campaigns.
In July 2012 he left for Chelsea without any buzz on his £8m transfer deal. And like an uncrowned king who lived in the dark, Courtois was loaned out to Atletico Madrid immediately he arrived the Stamford Bridge. Then luck smiled on him.
The goal-tender won a UEFA Europa League trophy in 2012, the Copa del Rey in 2013 and the La Liga title in 2014.
Courtois also grabbed the Ricardo Zamora Trophy for his exploits in the previous two seasons as La Liga’s best goalkeeper.
His international debut for Belgium was in 2011, when he became the youngest goalkeeper to represent the country in international games.
On his return to Chelsea in July 2014, the handsome goalkeeper has left a mark in the sands of time with the Blues — winning the League and League Cup double as well as an English Premier League title.
Enough said, Courtois has decided to take us on a pictorial journey through his personal Instagram account, highlighting some special moments on and off the pitch.
“Sometimes in training we, as goalkeepers, like to try and shoot at goal with free-kicks or penalties. I have a good shot on me and in this video you can see me scoring a great free-kick past Eduardo. It probably wasn’t good enough for me to be able to take them in matches though because if you miss you are caught out of your goal and in a bad position!”
“I love sports in general and I enjoy watching the NBA and NFL. I’m probably a bigger basketball fan but the Super Bowl is a unique event and it’s not easy to get to because it’s played when we are in the middle of our season. It was lucky we had three days off around that time so I was able to travel and see some NBA and watch the Super Bowl. It was an amazing experience and an amazing game.”
“It was nice to win the Premier League during my first year in England, an amazing moment and I’m really proud because we know how hard this league is to win, there are many teams who can win it. To be able to win it in my first year was a dream come true and after last season I have now won it twice.”
“This is during the 2015/16 season against Bournemouth, it was my first game back after my injury so it was a significant day for me. I felt confident going into the game and I was lucky because the medical staff at Chelsea are amazing so I had a good rehabilitation programme. They fixed my knee very well and thanks to them I was able to play again quite quickly after the injury.”
“This was my first game representing Belgium at a major tournament so I was very proud. As well as that it was a dream to play at a World Cup. We reached the quarter-finals and I felt we should have gone further, so hopefully in the next tournament we can maybe reach the final and get some silverware, that would be very nice.”
“This was the birth of my daughter and obviously it was a very nice moment in my life. She was born in Madrid and it was a very proud moment for my first child to be born. I’m really happy to be the father of two amazing children.”
“This was the day when we won the league at Atletico, after a game against Barcelona in 2014. To be able to win the Spanish league with a team that isn’t Barcelona or Real Madrid says a lot about the year we had. In a cup competition it’s easier to maybe have four or five good games but over the course of a season to be the best and come out on top was an amazing experience.”
Thibaut Courtois has a contract with Chelsea until 2019.
He currently earns £90,000 a week.
Talks on his contract extension has been put on hold by Antonio Conte’s employers who are reportedly considering other options before opting in or out the proposed £200,000 per-week deal from the Belgian.
His request may not sound outrageous, after all, because fellow stars Belgian Eden Hazard is on £200,000, same as Manchester United’s David de Gea.