Real Madrid's Thibaut Courtois Has Been Named The Best Goalkeeper Of 2018

The International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS) has named Real Madrid shot-stopper Thibaut Courtois as the 'Best Goalkeeper of 2018.'

According to the IFFHS, football experts from 90 countries took part in the voting process that saw the 26-year-old Belgium international receive 181 votes.

Tottenham Hotspur's Hugo Lloris came second with 109 votes, while Paris Saint-Germain's Gianluigi Buffon came third with 59 votes.

Courtois' shot-stopping teammate, Keylor Navas, secured a fourth-place finish with 58 votes, with Atlético Madrid's Jan Oblak and Barcelona's Marc-André ter Stegen rounding off the list with 49 votes in joint fifth.

Los Blancos said on their website that Courtois had a "great year" in 2018, with the former Chelsea star helping his country secure a third-place finish in the World Cup last summer.

For his exploits in the international competition, he took home the Golden Glove award for best 'keeper of the tournament.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

Courtois, who has previously revealed his three favourite 'keepers in the world, also won the Best FIFA Goalkeeper at the Best FIFA Football Awards in September 2018, despite the fact that Manchester United's David de Gea was named in the FIFA FIFPro World11.

Earlier this month, the Madrid shot-stopper received a hostile reception from Atlético fans on his return to the Wanda Metropolitano.

Courtois, who moved from Chelsea to Madrid last summer, believes that former teammate Eden Hazard should also make the switch to Los Blancos at the end of the season.

"It would be good, but it's his decision and, of course, I can't say much about it," he told VTM Nieuws (via Managing Madrid).

"Eden is a great player and also my friend, if he came here it would be good, but he must make his decision."

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