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Courtois not in with a realistic shot at Ballon d’Or, says Cech

Thibaut Courtois is unlikely to win the Ballon d’Or because goalkeepers will always lose out to goalscoring outfielders, says Petr Cech.

It was suggested Courtois could be in with a chance of winning the award following his man-of-the-match performance in Real Madrid’s 1-0 Champions League final victory over Liverpool, although he said it was “impossible”.

He made nine saves in the match – the most by a goalkeeper in a final in the competition since at least the 2003-04 season – and prevented 2.5 goals according to Opta’s expected goals on target metric.

Courtois also led the way in goals prevented as Madrid won LaLiga, with his 4.9.

Cech praised the former Chelsea goalkeeper but suggested the Ballon d’Or is likely out of his reach.

With Karim Benzema the favourite to take the accolade.

Cech told Stats Perform ahead of Sunday’s Soccer Aid charity match:

“Well, he was a key player obviously for his team, because he made vital and important saves in the [Liverpool] game, and of course, without his saves, they would have lost.

“You always need everybody to perform in the big game, in the Champions League final.

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Courtois not in with a realistic shot at Ballon d'Or, says Cech

“And he was the main man and obviously deservedly won the player of the match.

“He’s had an amazing campaign, literally from start to finish.

“And in the Champions League, so it was not a surprise.

“I think that there will always be an issue with goalkeepers being involved in [the Ballon d’Or].

“Because in the past, [Gianluigi] Buffon, even [Iker] Casillas.

“There were some goalkeepers who probably should have been much closer to winning the award.

“But we know that it is very particular for the goalkeeper to be compared with the players.

“Everybody loves to see goals, assists, and great skills going forward, and this is what football is about.”

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