Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has never worn number 1 in his 11 years as a professional football player. This upcoming season, Courtois will change numbers and ‘1’ will be on the back of his jersey.
Courtois explained why on his official website.
“Without a doubt, it’s an iconic number for any goalkeeper to wear. Following the footsteps of true icons at Real Madrid like Iker Casillas, Ricardo Zamora, Bodo Illgner and Francisco Buyo, I’m grateful to represent the best club in the world,” said Courtois.
The Belgian keeper added that Casillas was his favorite goalkeeper growing up and explained that it’s also one of the reasons why he will wear number 1 for Madrid going forward.
“It’s no secret that Iker Casillas is my biggest example amongst those legendary goalkeepers. Even though he decided to end his career on the field, he’ll remain my all-time number one. He wore #1 when Real Madrid won multiple Champions Leagues, when the team brought home another LaLiga title and even when he broke several records in football history. Like Iker, I hope to experience great moments with this 1 on my back and make the whole Real Madrid family proud,” concluded Courtois.
The goalkeeper was quite clearly one of Real Madrid’s best players last season and one of the main reasons behind the team’s 34th Liga title. Zidane and his coaching staff will be hoping that he keeps it up wearing number 1 this time around.