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Diego Simeone: Courtois winning the goalkeeper of the Year is the perfect illustration of the bias

Discussion in 'General sport discussion' started by Real Tosin, Dec 5, 2018.

  1. Real Tosin

    Real Tosin Active Member

    I'm not the only one who does not believe in football individual award, Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone also shares that sentiment.

    Back in 2013/14 the Argentine expressed his disappointment after the Keylor Navas was named ahead of Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois as the best goalkeeper in the Spanish league revealing that decision like highlights why he doesn't pay too much importance to individual awards.

    Belgian Courtois had won the league with Atletico Madrid in 2013/14, claimed the Zamora Trophy as the goalkeeper who conceded the fewest goals that season and was included as one of the final 50 candidates for that year's Ballon d'Or.

    Navas didn't achieve any of these things that year, but he did move to Real Madrid in the summer of 2014 and then won the best goalkeeper prize for the previous season ahead of Courtois and Willy Caballero.

    It was only shocking and controversial that Courtois did not win the said award. The decision gave a lot of room for conspiracy theories that you need to be at Madrid to have a shot at individual awards.

    Fast forward to the present, Courtois came 14th in this year's Ballon d'Or final results, which made him the highest ranked shot-stopper in the world, while he was also named as the top goalkeeper at The Best awards.

    Simeone has mocked the annual football awards and stating that Courtois being named Goalkeeper of the Year after moving to Real Madrid is the perfect illustration of the bias.

    You guys make me laugh because you want me to say something you already know," Simeone said at a press conference on Tuesday when asked about individual awards.

    "You already know. Courtois went to Real Madrid and earned the title of being the best goalkeeper in the world, but when he was with us Keylor Navas won the prize when he was at Levante.

    You know this, no? In this world of football everyone is where he is and everyone needs to know where he is and what goes with it. When we know where we are and how it goes, we live better."

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