There was a time when Thibaut Courtois was considered by many to be the best goalkeeper in the world. Although those times are now behind him, the Belgian still maintains his position as the first-choice goalkeeper of his national team and club side, Real Madrid.
Courtois garnered huge praise and caught the eyes of football fans all over the globe during his time with Atletico Madrid in the early 2010s. He would go on to play for Chelsea before completing his dream move to his former club’s city rivals, Real Madrid, in 2018. Highlights of the goalkeeper’s career so far include finishing third at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, winning the FIFA World Cup Golden Glove, and winning the league in Spain and England among numerous other achievements.
Thibaut Courtois Comes From a Family of Sports Enthusiasts
Thibaut Courtois was born on May 11, 1992, in Bree, Belgium. From a very young age, he began playing different sports, harboring the hope of making it as a professional in one of them when he grows up.
Growing up in a family of sportsmen and women is said to have been what motivated him to pursue an athletic career. His parents were volleyball players and his sister Valérie has opted to follow in their footsteps. She is a volleyball player who plays as a libero for the Polish club Budowlani Łódź and the Belgium national team.
Courtois himself had a go at the sport during his childhood but later made the decision to focus his attention on football when he turned 12. Apparently, he made the right choice as he has done remarkably well in his chosen sport.
He Has Enjoyed an Illustrious Career
Thibaut Courtois joined local side Racing Genk in 1999 when he was seven years old. It was at Genk that he was converted to play the position of goalkeeper as he originally began as a left-back.
Upon graduating from the Genk youth system, Courtois made his first-team debut for Genk on 17 April 2009 at the age of 16. He went on to play a remarkable role in Genk’s title victory in the 2010–11 season in the Belgian Pro League. His performances did not go unnoticed by wealthier foreign clubs and the English side Chelsea FC quickly signed him to a five-year deal for a reported €9 million in 2011.
After completing his move to Chelsea, the goalkeeper immediately secured a season-long loan deal to Atletico Madrid in Spain. He started his club career at Atletico in a UEFA Europa League game against Vitoria de Guimaraes where he registered a clean sheet in a 4-0 victory. Subsequent outstanding performances led him to be named the first-choice goalie ahead of Sergio Asenjo.
At the end of the season where Thibaut Courtois was instrumental to Atletico winning the 2012 Europa League, the club secured another one-year loan deal for him. He then went on to set a record of 820 minutes without conceding a goal for the club at home. He also proved pivotal in helping his team beat city rivals Real Madrid for the first time in 14 years. The game ended 2-1 and saw Atletico win the 2013 Copa Del Rey Final.
Courtois played one more year for Atletico, a time during which they won the domestic league and got to the finals of the UEFA Champions League, before moving back to parent club Chelsea in 2014. He immediately replaced first-choice goalkeeper Petr Cech under Jose Mourinho as the manager and went on to help the club win the League Cup and the Premier League title in his first season in England.
In 2018, after helping the Blues win two Premier League titles and one FA Cup, Thibaut Courtois forced a move to Real Madrid. He, however, had a terrible start to life at Madrid and was even considered one of the worst signings ever made by the Spanish giants. Fortunately, the goalkeeper was able to later find redemption for himself at the start of his second season with the team thanks to numerous exceptional performances. In 2018, he was a part of the team that won the FIFA Club World Cup, and then in 2020, he won the Supercopa de España.
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In regard to his international career, Courtois made his senior international debut in October 2011 to become the youngest player ever to join the senior team of Belgium and the youngest goalkeeper to represent the country. Though still very young, he has managed to earn over 50 caps, appearing at showpiece events such as the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the 2016 European Championships, and the 2018 FIFA World Cup where he won a bronze medal and was awarded the Golden Glove.
A Look at His Earnings and Net Worth
Thibaut Courtois is currently worth about $20 million. With several awards under his belt as one of the best goalkeepers in the world, it’s no surprise that the goalie’s net worth has a lot of zeros added to it. He has come a long way from his days at Genk as he reportedly now takes home a whopping salary of €13 million each year at Real Madrid. When he first joined Chelsea in 2011, he was being paid €3 million a year.
Add that to what he also takes home from endorsement deals and you can see why Courtois is doing very well for himself today.
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Thibaut Courtois is one of the Tallest Football Players
At the moment, Courtois is the tallest player on his team and one of the tallest footballers in the world. This is thanks to his incredible height of 1.99 m (6 feet 6 inches). He further has a body weight of 212 lbs that complements his height.
Ranking below him in terms of height at Real Madrid are Alphonse Areola, Raphaël Varane, and Diego Altube who are 6 feet 5 inches, 6 feet 3 inches, and 6 feet 2 inches respectively. In regards to goalies in the world, goalkeepers like Simon Bloch Jörgensen and Kristof van Hout are quite taller than he is as they stand at 2.1 m and 2.08 m tall respectively.