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Real Madrid Star Thibaut Courtois Names The Four Best Goalkeepers In The World Right Now

Real Madrid Star Thibaut Courtois Names The Four Best Goalkeepers In The World Right Now

Real Madrid star Thibaut Courtois refused to outright name himself as the top 'keeper in the world as he picked four of the best shot-stoppers right now.

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However, Courtois struggled to immediately establish himself as Madrid's No 1 and was often rotated with Keylor Navas during his early days at the Santiago Bernabeu.

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The former Chelsea and Atletico Madrid star became Zinedine Zidane's first-choice 'keeper last season as Los Blancos beat fierce rivals Barcelona to the La Liga title.

But the Belgium international doesn't believe that he is top of the pile, instead putting himself alongside the likes of Manuel Neuer, Jan Oblak, Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Alisson.

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Courtois told Spanish newspaper Marca: "I don't like to say that. I think I am among the best, along with Neuer, Oblak, Ter Stegen, Alisson [Becker] [...] goalkeepers tend to have phases.

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"At any given moment, one is unbeatable, then it's someone else. We all have different qualities."

Courtois opened up about Zidane's rotation of 'keepers at first and how he felt his relationship "might have been a little distant at first."

However, the Madrid shot-stopper believes that distant relationship with the Los Blancos boss was "because I didn't have a history with him like the others did."

Courtois explained: "[Zidane] likes to rotate, but that has nothing to do with my relationship with him. It might have been a little distant at first, but that was also because I didn't have a history with him like the others did.

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"He himself realised that and, in the summer of 2019, we had a good conversation. Since then, our relationship has grown and now it is very good.

"He is a calm person, a good motivator, but also straightforward. He says things like they are."

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Topics: Los Blancos, Football News, Alisson, Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, Jan Oblak, Football, Manuel Neuer, Thibaut Courtois, Real Madrid, La Liga

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