“Now I’m on the good side of history,” said Thibaut Courtois, Real Madrid goalkeeper, before the Champions League final between Real Madrid and Liverpool. And he lit a long-haul fuse. The white goalkeeper was referring to the 2014 Champions League final, when he played for Atlético de Madrid, and that the rojiblanco team lost to Madrid after Sergio Ramos’ famous goal in added time that sent the appointment to the extension. In Paris, Courtois was the great protagonist of the final, with a series of memorable saves that mainly frustrated Salah and doomed Liverpool. The goalkeeper was decisive in winning the title and was named the best player in the final.
Courtois’s words fell like a slap in the face at Atlético. Asked about the plaque with the name of the Belgian goalkeeper on the Paseo de las Leyendas in the Wanda Metropolitano, the Atletico president, Enrique Cerezo, told a group of fans: “If you want to remove it, take a pick and a shovel.” So it was. Hours later, this Monday, Courtois’ plaque disappeared from its place in the mattress stadium. Courtois responded in networks with this message: “Hala Madrid!”.
Before, the mayor José Luis Martínez Almeida had reminded the goalkeeper, during the institutional acts for the celebration of the Champions League: “Those of us who cried in Lisbon with you and by your side are also on the good side.” After the incidents, Atlético has replaced Courtois’ plaque at the Wanda.
This Tuesday, Koke, concentration with the Spanish team, commented: “Courtois was wrong, you have to remember where you come from”.