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Widely known as the Octopus, Thibaut Courtois is considered one of the best goalkeepers in

Belgium

history. The product of the youth system of Genk had a fundamental role in the victory of the team in the Belgian Pro League.

The Belgian goalkeeper joined

Chelsea

in 2011, and he was loaned to

Atletico Madrid

. During three seasons at the Los Rojiblancos, Courtois won one La Liga title, one Copa del Rey title, and one UEFA Europa League title. Due to his extraordinary performances in

Spain

, the tall goalkeeper won Ricardo Zamora Trophy for best goalkeeper in La Liga.

In July 2014, Thibaut Courtois returned to the Blues, and in his first season, he helped them win the Premier League title and the League Cup. Two years later, as Chelsea won the league title, Courtois won the Premier League Golden Glove. In 2018 he joined

Real Madrid

for £35 million, becoming the most expensive goalkeeper in La Liga history. He also broke Jan Oblak's record, Atletico Madrid's Slovenian goalkeeper.

At the international level, in October 2011 Thibaut Courtois made his international debut, becoming the youngest goalkeeper to play for Belgium. He has represented Belgium at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro 2016, and the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The goalkeeper was awarded the Golden Glove at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Now we have a set of general information about Thibaut Courtois's professional career. Stay tuned to read more about the Belgian goalkeeper.

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Thibaut Courtois Bio

  • Full Name:

    Thibaut Nicolas Marc Courtois

  • Nickname:

    The Octopus

  • Profession:

    Professional Footballer

Thibaut Courtois Physical Stats

  • Height:

    2 M

  • Eye Color:

    Light Brown

  • Hair Color:

    Black

Weight:

96  

          

Thibaut Courtois Football Information

  • Positon:

    Goalkeeper

  • Jersey Number:

    13

  • Professional Debut:

    17 April 2009

Thibaut Courtois Date of Birth and Personal Info

  • Date of Birth:

    11 May 1992

  • Birth Place:

    Bree, Flanders, Belgium

  • Zodiac Sign:

    Taurus

  • Nationality:

    Belgian

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Thibaut Courtois Early Life

In this part of our article on Thibaut Courtois biography, we will review some facts about

Thibaut Courtois childhood

and family facts, from his early days to the time he became famous.

Thibaut Courtois date of birth

is 11 May 1992 in Bree, Flanders, Belgium, and, also

Thibaut Courtois nationality

is Belgian. He was born to his father, Thierry Courtois, and his mother, Gitte Courtois, a physiotherapist.

Thibaut Courtois religion

is a Roman Catholic. During his childhood, he was clumsy and absent-minded. Once he said he was "thinking too much" at gymnastics. Eventually, his teacher left him out. He said: “I have never been a hero at gymnastics.

He suffered many accidents, including a jammed finger, broken ankle bone, a gaping wound in his head, handlebar in the groin during his childhood. When Thibaut was born at the Maas en Kempen hospital, his parents were semi-professional volleyball players, so Thibaut was born to be a Volleyball player, not a footballer.

They took little Thibaut to the volleyball games, but at the age of five, he told his parents that he did not like volleyball, but he wanted to focus on football. Once he said: "My parents influenced me a lot in the beginning because they are both sporting people. They always told me I have to keep my feet on the ground and be humble because when you are young and talented sometimes you can already act like a big star and people don’t like that."

In Belgium, children under the age of six are not allowed to join a club to play organized football, but after Thibaut cried Bilzen, the president of a local club, allowed little Thibaut to join the club.

He was 18 months younger than all his teammates, and he did very well. Once his first teacher said: “He was a robust little kid. A quiet guy, but at that time already a no-nonsense person. We didn’t have a real goalkeeper, as we rotated our players, which is usual at that age. But you already saw he had some good reflexes.” It is worth mentioning that during his childhood, the little Thibaut played as a left-back.

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Thibaut Courtois Profile

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Thibaut Courtois bio

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Thibaut Courtois began his professional career at Genk and, on 17 April 2009, made his debut against Gent. Before the 2010-11 season, he turned down TSG 1899 Hoffenheim offer and became Genk's first-choice goalkeeper. The young goalkeeper won the Belgian Pro League title with Genk.

He joined Chelsea for €9 million in July 2011, but within weeks he was sent on a loan to Atletico Madrid. He wore the number 13 jersey at the Spanish club, which belonged to David de Gea.

On 25 August 2011, Thibaut made his debut for the Spanish club against Vitoria de Guimaraes. Gradually, he became the first-choice goalkeeper, and in his first six La Liga games, he kept four clean sheets. His loan to Los Rojiblancos was extended to the 2012–13 season. The Belgian goalkeeper set a new record of 820 minutes without conceding a goal at the Estadio Vicente Calderon. In the 2013 Copa del Rey semi-final, Atletico beaded their city rivals in 14 years and reached the final. The Octopus was named man of the match.

It was reported that Courtois' contract there is a clause that required if Los Rojiblancos selected him against his parent club, the Spanish club has to pay Chelsea €3 million per match. But UEFA made it clear that Atletico was free to select Courtois without making any such payment. So, in the Champions League semi-final against Chelsea, Courtois did not have any problem.

During the 2013–14 season, Courtois had a crucial role in Atletico's 2013–14 La Liga title. Alongside Willy Caballero and

Keylor Navas

, the Octopus was nominated as the best goalkeeper in La Liga. He won one La Liga title, one Copa del Rey title, one UEFA Europa League title, and the 2012 UEFA Super Cup during his spell at the Spanish club. 

In June 2014, the goalkeeper returned to Chelsea, and he wore the number 13 kit which was worn by Victor Moses. He made his Premier League debut against

Burnley

in place of Petr Cech, and the Belgian goalkeeper kept his first Premier League clean sheet against Leicester City. The Octopus signed a new five-year deal with the Blues and said: "It is really nice to have signed this new contract for five years."

On 1 March 2015, Courtois won his first trophy with the Blues as they defeated

Tottenham Hotspur

in the League Cup Final. 2016-2017 was one of his best seasons at the Blues. From 1 October to 20 November, the complete goalkeeper kept six clean sheets.

"If the coach on the sidelines is not that strong, transmitting the kind of spirit he has, players won't always handle it well. Life becomes difficult. But, with Mourinho, everything is good. He knows when to be among his players, as 'one of us' making jokes as a friend, and when to be strong and distant, even severe," the goalkeeper said about Mourinho.

Thibaut Courtois played 154 games for the Blues, conceding 152 goals and keeping 58 clean sheets. The Belgian goalkeeper won the Premier League title on two occasions, one FA Cup and one Football League Cup during four seasons in Chelsea.

After Thibaut Courtois's extraordinary performances at the 2018 FIFA World Cup that the Belgian keeper won the Golden Glove for best goalkeeper, he refused to sign a new contract with the West London club. The Blues did not want to let him go unless they would be able to find a great goalkeeper.

But Courtois did not show up for training after the summer break. Finally, Real Madrid announced that they had signed a Belgian goalkeeper on a six-year contract on 8 August 2018.  The keeper made his La Liga debut on 1 September 2018 against CD Leganes. This game was Courtois's first La Liga match since 2014. Following that game, the goalkeeper spoke about the difference between Chelsea and Real Madrid. But West London club's fans were outraged at his comments.

"In training, you see that the level is high. I am now experiencing on a daily basis that Sergio Ramos is the best centre-back in the world. The level [at Real Madrid] is higher than at Chelsea," Courtois said.

He continued, "[The Santiago Bernabeu] is twice as big [as Stamford Bridge], of course, it's a very different feeling. If you look forward you only see a wall of people, while at Stamford Bridge you can still see the sky or the hotel behind the grandstand."

In the 2019–20 La Liga season, The Octopus kept his 17th clean sheet in a match against Athletic Bilbao. Since Francisco Buyo in 1994–95, Thibaut Courtois became the first Los Blancos goalkeeper to do so in a single season.

In the 2019-2020 season, he won the La Liga title with the Whites, becoming the first footballer to be crowned champion with both Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid since Jose Luis Perez-Paya in 1954. At the international level, in October 2011, Thibaut Courtois was called up to the Belgium side and the following month made his debut in a friendly match against France at the Stade de France, becoming the youngest goalkeeper to play for the Belgium national side.

During the qualification campaign of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, he played every minute, as the Belgian side qualified for the tournament since the 2002 FIFA World Cup. Throughout the qualification campaign, the goalkeeper kept six clean sheets.

For the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Courtois was invited to the Belgium side. The goalkeeper kept two clean sheets against Russia and South Korea. He also played in every match of the qualification campaign of UEFA Euro 2016 as Belgium reached the final competition. Courtois also presented his country at the 2018 FIFA World Cup and played a crucial role in Belgium's victory over Brazil. In this World Cup made 27 saves, winning the Golden Glove as the best goalkeeper of the tournament.

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Style of play

Widely known as the Octopus, Thibaut Courtois is one of the best goalkeepers in Belgium history. Former and current goalkeeper describes him as a complete goalkeeper. Courtois' good mentality, strength of character, and composure have been praised by his coaches and teammates.

The Belgian keeper is also known for his anticipation, wide range of skills, handling, command of his area, and confidence. Once he said about his style of playing: "I’m raised in a volleyball family, where tall players also have to dive quickly, so I think there is something genetic. I have good reflexes, and I am still quick for my height, so that is why I can reach those balls, which maybe look impossible for a tall guy to get on the floor. I can save them because I am quick and tall, so I have both things. I am sure that playing volleyball when I was younger helped me."

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Reception

Undoubtedly Thibaut Courtois is one of the best footballers in the world in his position. When he received Bernabeu, Ramos believed that the team would be stronger with him.

"We don't judge a player's past when they join Real Madrid, and we are open to any great player coming to the club. We won't question his past with Atletico. We always try to help players adapt well so that they integrate well into the club, which helps them play better than they have before. The goalkeeping position has been in question for a few years, but we have always had a great goalkeeper [in Keylor Navas] and we are making it stronger with Courtois."

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Thibaut Courtois Outside Football

Time to take a look at Thibaut Courtois life outside of football includes his hobbies and favorite activities. His interest and hobbies include Playing Volleyball, Playing Video Games, and Playing Table Tennis. Stay tuned to read more on

Thibaut Courtois life story

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Thibaut Courtois Personal Life

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Thibaut Courtois Biography

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Family, Children, and Relationships

Although the Belgian goalkeeper is a romantic person, he is very unstable in his relationship. Stay tuned to review details on his relationship life. When Thibaut played at Atletico Madrid, he met Marta Dominguez.

He started dating Spaniard Marta, and the couple enjoyed happy times together. On 26 May 2015, the lovebirds welcomed their daughter, Adriana. in April 2017, while she was pregnant with their son, Thibaut and Marta ended their relationship. "My girlfriend Marta and I are no longer together. Since the beginning of September, we have decided to end our relationship on amicable terms. We both went our own way, even though she was already expecting our second child.

She moved to Madrid, I stayed in London. We still love each other, and we get along very well, but we don’t have a romantic relationship anymore," Courtois said.

He continued: "But we don’t run away from our responsibilities. We are first, and foremost parents of a beautiful princess, Adriana, and our about-to-be-born son Nicolas. We will strive to give our children the love and attention they deserve."

Martha slandered him for having a relationship with Emily Vanhoutte. The Belgian model said they began the affair just before World Cup in Brazil. Miss Vanhoutte said: "I would never do anything to start an affair with a man who cheats on his girlfriend. I did not know he had a girlfriend and led a double life." After splitting from Marta Dominguez, he was spotted with a mystery woman.

Soon after these break-ups, he began a relationship with Caroline Lijnen, the girlfriend of his best friend, Kevin de Bruyne. Although Kevin's relationship with Caroline ended the feud between Courtois and Kevin had begun.

Philanthropy

The Real Madrid goalkeeper is one of the generous footballers in the world. He asks restaurants to give him extra food, so he gives it to people in need. He is doing it regularly. Although It's a simple gesture, it's astonishing.

Legal Issues

Thibaut Courtois is regarded as one of the greatest goalkeepers of his generation. The Real Madrid goalkeeper doesn't have any legal issues record.

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Thibaut Courtois Career Statistics

Now is the time to review Thibaut Courtois's career on the club and international level.

Club

The Belgian goalkeeper is considered one of the best Real Madrid goalkeeper. He played 460 matches for four clubs, conceding 436 goals and keeping 190 clean sheets.

International

On the international level, he played 81 times for Belgium international team. Courtois also played four games for Belgium U18.

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Thibaut Courtois Honors

The last part of our article on Thibaut Courtois bio is about his honors and achievements. The goalkeeper won one La Liga title, one Copa del Rey title, one UEFA Europa League title, and the 2012 UEFA Super Cup during his spell at Atletico Madrid. 

Courtois also won the Premier League title on two occasions and one Football League Cup with the Blues. During his time at Real Madrid, he has won one La Liga title, one Supercopa de Espana title, and the 2018 FIFA Club World Cup.

His notable individual achievements are 2011 Belgian Professional Goalkeeper of the Year, 2011 Belgian Bronze Shoe, La Liga Zamora Trophy (three times), La Liga Goalkeeper of the Season (one time), Premier League Golden Glove (one time), 2018 FIFA World Cup Golden Glove, and 2018 IFFHS World's Best Goalkeeper.

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