The 30-year-old Belgium international delivered one of the all-time great performances in last month’s showpiece event in Paris.
He made a record-breaking nine saves at the Stade de France, including one of the best saves of the season to deny Mohamed Salah late on. How good was this?
Vinicius Jr sealed a historic win for the Spanish champions with a 59th minute strike, but it was Courtois’ heroics that kept Carlo Ancelotti’s side in the game.
Los Blancos lifted the trophy for a record 14th time and Courtois, who made 33% of his saves during the 2021/22 season in the Champions League, proceeded to tell fans to “put respect” on his name.
During an emotional post-match interview, the former Chelsea goalkeeper said: “Today I needed to win a final for my career. For all the hard work, to put some respect on my name, because I don’t think I get enough respect. Especially in England.”
Almost a month after the final in Paris and Courtois has decided to honour his outing against Jurgen Klopp’s side by getting a tattoo on his arm.
The former Atletico Madrid loanee unveiled an image of his new ink with the caption: “Thank you @attooboutiquelarissa for the amazing work!”
The tattoo artist also commented on the piece, saying: “For the ONE and only Champ! Thank you for giving me the opportunity to place this beautiful memo.”
Image credit: Instagram/tattooboutiquelarissaIn the aftermath of last month’s final, Jurgen Klopp claimed “something is going wrong for the other team” when a goalkeeper wins the Man of the Match award.
“They scored a goal, we didn’t, that’s the easiest explanation in the world of football and it’s hard, harsh to get anyway, [but we] respect that of course,” he said in his post-match press conference.
“When the goalkeeper is Man of the Match then something is going wrong for the other team, so we had I think three really big chances where Courtois made incredible saves. I would have loved to have had a few more of this calibre.”
Klopp continued: “I think Madrid had one shot on target, is that right? And that was a goal. But, look, I understand 100 per cent and I respect 100 per cent the reason for playing football and having these kinds of competitions is to win the game, and whatever you do – as long as it’s in the rules – it’s allowed and you can do it. It’s completely fine.
“We had to defend as well in moments, just that we blocked the shots or whatever. We played a good game, but when you lose 1-0 you have to admit it was then not good enough.”