Belgian professional footballer and goalkeeper who plays for Chelsea, Thibaut Courtois is worth about $20 million.
Thibaut Courtois Bio
Born on May 11, 1992, in Bree, Belgium, Thibaut Courtois is considered to be one of the best goalkeepers in the world today, having discovered his path in life at a very young age. Perhaps, growing up in a family of sportsmen and women also helped build his interest in the career. Notably, Thibaut’s sister Valérie is a volleyball player, who plays as a libero for Budowlani Łódź as well as Belgium. Also, his parents were volleyball players and Courtois had his go at the sport during his childhood. However, he later made the decision to focus his attention on football at the age of 12. Apparently, he made the right choice as he has done remarkably well in the field.
Courtois joined the Racing Genk in 1999 when he was seven years old. It was at Genk that he was converted and trained into a world-class goalkeeper. 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 played a remarkable role in Genk’s title victory in the 2010–11 season in the Belgian Pro League.
In 2011, Courtois moved to the Premier League club Chelsea F.C. in a five years deal for a reported £8 million. Having won the Belgian Pro League 2010-11 with Genk, he garnered much attention in the football world from top European teams and landed a role at Atletico Madrid on loan within weeks of joining the English club.
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He started his club career at Atletico with a clean sheet in a 4-0 victory at UEFA Europa League against Vitoria de Guimaraes and replaced the first-choice goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo. His loan contract at Atletico was extended further for a year until 2014 and he set a record of 820 minutes without conceding a goal for the club. While at the club, Courtois also helped in beating the city rivals Real Madrid after 14 years. The game ended 2-1.
Courtois played for Atletico a year more and took the club to win the domestic league and the finals of the UEFA Champions League. Summarily, in three seasons at Atletico, he won the Europa League in 2012, the Copa del Rey in 2013 and the La Liga title in 2014. In addition, he also scooped the Ricardo Zamora Trophy for best goalkeeper in La Liga, for his performances in his two latter seasons.
After three seasons loaded with success, Courtois went back to his parent club Chelsea F.C. in 2014 and replaced the first choice goalkeeper Petr Cech under Jose Mourinho as the manager. In his first season, he helped the English club win the League Cup and the Premier League title.
Earlier in his career, Thibaut Courtois made his senior international debut in October 2011. This made him the youngest player ever to join the senior team of Belgium and the youngest goalkeeper to represent the country. Though still very young, Courtois has since earned over 50 caps and appeared at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2016.
Earnings & Salary
Thibaut Courtois is currently worth about $20 million. With several awards under his belt as the best goalkeeper in the world, it’s no surprise that Thibaut Courtois’ net worth has a lot of zeros added to it. For the most part, his earnings is not restricted to his salary as a professional footballer but also amassed from his numerous endorsement deals for football kits.
Notably, Thibaut Courtois’s salary at Chelsea is $5 million per year. This deal will keep him at the club until 2019. He also has a market value of $29 million making him one of the highest rated goalkeepers in the world today with his value of wealth at $20 million. In August 2016, Courtois dismissed any transfer rumours and reiterated he would stay at Chelsea for many more years to come. Apparently, he’s very comfortable with what the club has to offer.
Quick Facts, Height, Weight
Full Name: Thibaut Nicolas Marc Courtois
Height: 6 ft 6.5 in
Weight: 198 lbs (91 kg)
Date of Birth: May 11, 1992
Place of Birth: Bree, Belgium
Current Club: Chelsea F.C.
Thibaut Courtois Salary: 3 million EUR per year