Real Madrid’s main goalkeeper, Thibaut Courtois is certain to change his jersey number in the upcoming 2020/21 season. The Belgian player will wear the jersey number 1, as one of the legacies of the club legend, Iker Casillas.
Since being bought from Chelsea in the summer of 2018, the former Atletico Madrid has indeed become a mainstay of Los Blancos. However, his performance was inconsistent in the first season.
It was only in the second season that the goalkeeper impressed between Los Blancos’ goal by recording 18 clean sheets in the Spanish league.
With his good performance, Courtois directly contributed to the club’s success in winning the Spanish La Liga title. He is also awarded the La Liga Goalkeeper of the Year or the Zamora Trophy.
For his neat contribution, Madrid then gave Courtois a rare opportunity to wear Jersey no. 1 starting next season. For information, that is the legacy number of the club legend, Iker Casillas.
The 28-year-old player himself admitted that he was very proud and honored for the opportunity given by the club.
“When Real Madrid asked me to wear shirt no.1, I was really honored,”
“Wearing number 1 is the highest honor to celebrate a difficult but successful season. That further motivates me to turn that number into a bigger result, “Courtois wrote on his official website.
According to him, this is a very rare opportunity, where there are many great Madrid legends who wear the jersey.
“Playing as No.1 also has important symbolic values. Without a doubt, this is an iconic number for any goalkeeper to wear. ”
“Following in the footsteps of true icons at Real Madrid such as Iker Casillas, Ricardo Zamora, Bodo Illgner and Francisco Buyo, I am grateful to represent the best club in the world.” He said.
Iker Casillas is listed as one of the best goalkeepers in Real Madrid’s history, and he is determined to follow in the success of the Spanish legend.
“Like Iker, I hope to experience these wonderful moments with the number 1 on my back and make the whole Real Madrid family proud.” He concluded.