Former Barcelona star Cesc Fabregas has suggested that Karim Benzema is probably not nailed on to be crowned because the winner of the Ballon d’Or award. The Spaniard believes that after Thibaut Courtois’ performance against Liverpool, he may very well be in with a shout.
Courtois has been picked as an outsider to win the Ballon d’Or award by Fabregas after a man-of-the-match performance against Liverpool.
Real Madrid accomplished a Champions League campaign filled with upsets with a 1-0 win over Liverpool in the ultimate, with Vinicius Jr grabbing the all-important goal. Liverpool did not rating in any final this season, even though it was the heroics of Courtois that kept them at bay in Paris.
Heading into the ultimate, many fans believed that the Ballon d’Or may very well be decided with Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Karim Benzema all of the overwhelming favourites to secure the award. But now Fabregas feels as if Courtois has put himself within the conversation.
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“Today I needed to win a final for my profession, for all of the exertions to place respect on my name because I do not think I actually have enough respect, especially in England.” But Courtois has definitely gained the respect now, even from his former Chelsea team-mate Fabregas.
Courtois added: “I saw loads of criticism even after an important season, that I used to be not ok or whatever. I’m just really completely happy and happy with the performance of the team. We stuck to it and after I needed to be there, I used to be there for the team.”