NEWS STORY. 17/10/2022
Thibaut Courtois was awarded the Yashin Trophy as the top-performing goalkeeper in 2022 by France France at the Ballon d’Or ceremony held at Paris’s Théâtre du Châtelet. The Real Madrid glovesman came out ahead of Bounou, Alisson, Ederson, Maignan, Mendy, Neuer, Oblak, Trapp and Lloris in the voting.
After collecting the award, the Belgian commented: “It’s an honour to have won this trophy, given the great men’s and women’s goalkeepers here. I want to thank my Real Madrid teammates. It’s a pleasure to be part of this amazing team, which enjoyed a superb season.”
“I also want to thank my family and my fiancée. It’s always important to have the family there, particularly when things aren’t going for you.”
Qatar World Cup
“I hope to win the World Cup with Belgium. We lost to France in 2018 and I hope that we can do better in Qatar. We’ve got a great team and I hope that we can achieve something special.”
The Belgian goalkeeper enjoyed an outstanding season that yielded European Cup, LaLiga and Spanish Super Cup silverware and the Player of the Match award in the Champions League final and saw him named amongst the 30-strong Ballon d’Or shortlist and ultimately claim a seventh-place finish.