Thibaut Courois from Real Madrid has launched an attack on the governing body, after being nipped for one the five Best FIFA Men’s Soccerkeeper award nominations.
He was a former Chelsea stopper and won the La Liga twice each during his 12-year senior career. Since his 2011 debut, he has been awarded 94 caps for his country.
He is widely recognized as one of the top goalkeepers in the globe, but he was not nominated for the FIFA award alongside Alisson, Edouard Mendy and Gianluigi Donnarumma.
Courtois, who was awarded the award in 2018 outright, suggested that his comments about FIFA or UEFA may have made a difference, despite his colleagues’ fine form.
The international from Belgium said: “For me, the team trophies are always more important. I’d rather win the Champions League and La Liga this year over those individual trophies.
“What happened with The Best doesn’t surprise me too much, given what happened a month ago [when criticising the calendar]. Maybe it’s because of some comments I made.
“I don’t know who decides these things. There are other great goalkeepers there.”
That comes after the former Chelsea stopper accused UEFA and FIFA of prioritising revenue over the welfare of players after Belgium’s Nations League third-place play-off.
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He stated: “This game is just a money game and we have to be honest about it.
“We only play it because it’s money.
“Look at how much both teams changed [line-ups]. If both teams would have been in the final there would have been other players in the final playing.
“This shows us that we have too many video games.
Carlo Ancelotti of Real Madrid has since supported his goalkeeper.
He stated: “There are many good goalkeepers in Europe. Others are going to choose [who wins the award], what are we going to do about it?
“We wouldn’t change him for anyone, and I don’t think he would want to make this club more like any other. It’s a good marriage.
“For him, it is more important to win LaLiga or the Champions League than an individual trophy.”