Atletico Madrid Fans Throw Toy Rats At Thibaut Courtois

Thibaut Courtois was not exactly given a warm welcome by Atletico Madrid fans on his first match against them as a Real Madrid player as he was 'pelted' with toy rats from those in the crowd.

Fans really don't like to see players move to rivals, whether there's a team in between them and the rivals it doesn't matter at all and you can be sure you'll get a good booing when the sides meet.

Actually if all a player gets is a bit of a booing and the odd insult chucked out at them then they've got off pretty likely, after all Figo had a pig's head thrown at him when he played for Real Madrid against Barcelona the first time.

Thibaut Courtois was a bit of a hero of Atletico Madrid when he played for them but he soon returned to Chelsea, where he was loaned to Atleti from, however last summer he moved back to Madrid, this time for Real.

The move to the Bernabeu was never going to go down well at the Wanda Metropolitano so it was no surprise he was in for a bit of treatment on Saturday afternoon.

Standing in net the Belgian had toy rats thrown at him:

Courtois was beaten by Antoine Griezmann in the first half with the Frenchman playing the ball between the keepers legs.

Real and their keeper had the last laugh though because they went on to win the game 3-1 with Casemiro opening the scoring before Griezmann's goals and Sergio Ramos and Gareth Bale also scoring.

The former Chelsea shot stopper also found his plaque outside of the ground damaged, with a toy rat appearing on it, and fans brought a banner also calling him a rat:

In the end all he'll care about is winning the match and not having any animal body parts thrown at him, toys are much better.

Ryan Sidle

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