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Thibaut Courtois unhappy with his Ballon d’Or ranking: “Not even on the podium”

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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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Video – Barcelona fans chant ‘Vinicius d*e’ ahead of their UCL clash

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In what is starting to become an alarmingly common occurrence, a set of Barcelona fans were spotted hurling abusive chants towards Real Madrid superstar Vinicius Jr.

Barça will be facing PSG in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal today in less than an hour and in the lead-up to the game, a section of the Catalans’ supporters were seen chanting “Vinicius, die” on the streets.

It is not the first time this has happened, with Vinicius being constantly targeted by not only Barcelona fans but supporters of a number of other La Liga clubs.

In fact, last month, Barcelona fans were seen hurling the same chants before their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie against Napoli.

The same had happened outside Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys in Montjuic prior to the Clasico in October last year.

Moreover, this past weekend, a Mallorca fan at Son Moix directed racist abuse towards Vinicius’ Real Madrid teammate, Aurelien Tchouameni.

It is shocking and embarrassing that these incidents continue to occur. It remains to be seen if any action is taken by the concerned authorities against those involved.

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