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Why Thibaut Courtois Always Touches His Chin During The Belgium National Anthem

Why Thibaut Courtois Always Touches His Chin During The Belgium National Anthem

From Roman Burki touching the ball before the coin toss to Laurent Blanc kissing the bald head of Fabien Barthez before each game of Les Bleus' triumphant World Cup campaign in 1998.

We've read some bizarre stories in years gone by, and now another goalkeeper, Thibuat Courtois, is the latest player to showcase a rather strange ritual.

As the Belgian national team line-up to the famous La Brabançonne anthem, the Chelsea goalkeeper touches his chin when the camera pans towards his face.

Why does he perform this bizarre ritual? It brings him good luck.

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Rituals can play a big part in the lives of professional footballers and Borussia Dortmund's goalkeeper Roman Burki is no exception.

Gennaro Gattuso was rumoured to read Russian philosopher Fyodor Dostoyevsky while he sat on the toilet before matches.

Burki's pre-match ritual might not be as far fetched as Gattuso's or Courtois', but it still makes for a fantastic watch.

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The Switzerland international has developed his own bizarre superstition, where he has to touch the ball before the coin toss - with or without the referee's approval:

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Karim Benzema is another player who has a rather strange pre-match ritual. He goes through the exact same routine before every match.

Firstly, Benzema hangs his right foot in the air where his boot is touched by the Real Madrid physio.

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If you simply do not believe what you're reading, here's the full video because we can all take note and score 30 goals in our Sunday League season this year.

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Maybe Clive wouldn't be to up for that, to be honest....

Imagine if everyone did this? The physio would be getting paid a fortune.

Topics: Football News, Belgium, Football, national anthem, World Cup, Thibaut Courtois

Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some of the biggest names in sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.