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Thibaut Courtois unhappy with his Ballon d’Or ranking: “Not even on the podium”
Monday night was a special occasion for two Real Madrid superstars as Karim Benzema won the coveted Ballon d’Or 2022 Award while Thibaut Courtois picked up the Yashin Trophy for the Best Goalkeeper in 2022.
The duo had been critical to Real Madrid’s success last season and were deserving of the accolades that came their way.
However, at the same time, some of the Ballon d’Or rankings did come as a surprise. Considering how brilliant Courtois was, his finishing in seventh place in the final rankings was a bit strange.
And the Belgian international pointed that out while interacting with media after the ceremony. The 29-year-old, who is recovering from an injury, pointed out that his position should have been higher than where he eventually finished.
“I’m not saying I should win it, but I’m not even on the podium being the goalkeeper who has won La Liga and the Champions League,” Courtois said, as quoted by MARCA.
Courtois then acknowledged that winning the Ballon d’Or for a goalkeeper will be next to impossible.
“First of all, I am very happy for Karim Benzema. It seems that scoring a goal is better than stopping it. A battle that remains to be won. Seeing the logic and knowing how they vote, I knew that I would have no chance of winning it,” he said.
“I see it as impossible, for a goalkeeper, it is impossible to win this award. I don’t know if as a goalkeeper you can do more than what I did last year,” the Belgian added.
Courtois also provided an update on his fitness situation, stating: “I’ve had 3 or 4 training sessions and I’m improving. I hope to be on the pitch soon.”
The 29-year-old also expressed his surprise at the fact that Real Madrid were named the third-best team in Europe despite their success last season, whereas Manchester City came out on top.
“We all have a strange face with the City thing,” he said.
On Real Madrid’s recent win against arch-rivals Barcelona in El Clasico, Courtois said: “I had a good time in El Clasico, but I suffered a lot. I had more nerves than playing on the pitch”.
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Brazilian national team ‘dreaming’ of working with Ancelotti – Romano
According to Fabrizio Romano, the Brazilian national team are ‘dreaming’ of appointing Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti as their next manager.
The Selecao decided to part ways with Tite after the team underdelivered in the FIFA World Cup 2022. Ramon Menezes has taken charge of the senior team for the time being until a permanent appointment is made.
And, the Brazil Football Confederation is clear about who their preferred target is. Ancelotti has been heavily linked with the South American nation in recent months and comments from players like Ederson, Rodrygo Goes and Vinicius Jr have only served to further fuel the rumours.
Now, Romano is claiming that Brazil dream of naming Ancelotti as their manager and are hoping that he will be parting ways with Real Madrid at the end of the season.
As far as the situation at the club is concerned, Romano states that Real Madrid are working hard to protect Ancelotti from external pressure as they want him to remain focused on winning the UEFA Champions League this season.
The Italian tactician remains in 100% control of the team at the moment and the club are trying to shield him from external factors.
However, at the same time, trophies are a must at a club of this stature and hence, Romano adds that Real Madrid have a potential list of candidates to take over.
Thomas Tuchel was among the names on the list, but has signed for Bayern Munich. Raul Gonzalez, currently in charge of the Castilla team, is also being looked at along with former Tottenham and PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino.
As of now, Ancelotti remains in control of things at Real Madrid and any decision on his future will only be made at the end of the season. And, Brazil are lying in wait to pounce if an opportunity to sign the Italian manager presents itself.