Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois while speaking with his fans via a live Instagram video revealed that watching Ike Casillas influenced his decision to become a goalkeeper.
Thibaut Courtois also admired former Manchester United shot-stopper Edwin Van der sa, whose style was similar to his.
When Iker [Casillas] started playing for Real Madrid, I watched his games and became a goalkeeper because of him,” Courtois said.
“I liked to watch him, and I loved Real Madrid.
“When at the age of 14 I saw that I was very tall and skinny, I followed Van der Sar a lot because he was closer to my style.”
The Belgian international was full of praise for his two main rivals Barcelona Ter Stegen and Atletico’s Oblak.
He handles blocking [shots] very well, like Oblak,” Courtois continued.
“He is the best in the game with his feet, just like Real Sociedad’s [Alex] Remiro which surprised me.
“I like him [ter Stegen} on one-on-one [situations] because he comes from the German school [of goalkeeping].
He gets the knee down very fast and stretches the other leg.
“[To do that] You must be very flexible.”
Last but not least, the Belgian goalkeeper revealed the first thing he will do when the Spanish government decide to relax the measures against the coronavirus.
“The first thing I will do when I’m able to leave [the house] is go to [the Real Madrid training ground in] Valdebebas to train with the team and play sports. Courtois added
“I look forward to it, although we have to wait for the government’s green light.
“Soon we will be able to enjoy life, but we must be healthy.
“We must be very careful when going out, we must protect ourselves well and wash our hands.
The goalkeeper was having a phenomenal season and Real Madrid can only hope that he keeps playing this way when the current coronavirus pandemic is over and football is resumes.