Sat 11 June 2022 | 17:57

Petr Cech: Courtois has no chance to win the Ballon d'Or

Chelsea legend Petr Cech believes that Thibaut Courtois has no chance to win the Ballon d'Or.

Thibaut Courtois

won the man of the match prize in

Real Madrid's

1-0 Champions League final victory over Liverpool. He made nine saves in the match which is the most by a goalkeeper in a final in the

Champions League

since 2004.

Courtois had an amazing season with Real Madrid and won the Champions League and La Liga, but Petr Cech thinks goalkeepers are always unlikely to win the Ballon d'Or.

"Well, he was a key player obviously for his team, because he made vital and important saves in the [Liverpool] game, and of course, without his saves, they would have lost,"

Cech told Stats Perform ahead of Sunday's Soccer Aid charity match.

"You always need everybody to perform in the big game, in the Champions League final, and he was the main man and obviously deservedly won the player of the match. 

"He's had an amazing campaign, literally from the start to finish, and in the Champions League, so it was not a surprise. 

"I think that there will always be an issue with goalkeepers being involved in [the Ballon d'Or], because in the past, [Gianluigi] Buffon, even [Iker] Casillas, there were some goalkeepers who probably should have been much closer to winning the award. 

"But we know that for the goalkeeper it is very particular to be compared with the players and to get anywhere near them. 

"Everybody loves to see goals and assists and great skills going forward, and this is what football is about."

source: SportMob

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