Thibaut Courtois was in the running for the Ballon D'or. In the end, he had to settle for the Yashin Trophy, the trophy for the best goalkeeper. The Belgian is aware that it was difficult for him to reach the Ballon d'Or.
"I'm not saying I would have won it," he said for eurosport.com
"But I'm not even on the podium being the goalkeeper who has won La Liga and the Champions League.
"First of all, I am very happy for Karim Benzema.
It seems that scoring a goal is better than stopping it. A battle that remains to be won.
"Seeing the logic and knowing how they vote, I knew that I would have no chance of winning it." Thibaut believes that goalkeepers have no chance for the Ballon d'Or "I see it as impossible, for a goalkeeper it is impossible to win this award.
I don't know if as a goalkeeper you can do more than what I did last year." Iker Casillas congratulated Courtouis. By far he [Courtois] is the best goalkeeper in the world.
"What I'm not happy about is not having him put on the final podium for the Ballon d'Or.
I still don't understand what those who choose this award are based on."
Andriy Shevchenko, who was part of the award show, recalled the moments when he was in the running for the Ballon d'or and the current situation in Ukraine "It’s been a very difficult moment since the war started for all Ukrainian people,” he said ahead of presenting the 2022 Ballon d'Or Feminin.
“I am so proud of how my country defends and fights for their freedom.
I've been very involved in a lot of humanitarian and medical aid projects together with the United 24 fundraising platform, created by Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
“It's very important to remember the war is still going, but most important to stay on the side of Ukraine and help.
Thank you so much." Karim Benzema had an emotional speech after winning the Ballon d'Or. "This makes me really proud, all the work I did, I never gave up. “I had two role models in my life, Zidane and Ronaldo as well.
I always had this dream in my mind that everything’s possible. There was a difficult period where I wasn’t in the French team but I worked hard and never gave up, kept my head down and enjoyed playing football. “I’m really proud of my journey here, it wasn’t easy, it was difficult, for me and my family.
To be here today, the first time for me. I am just really, really happy, thanks to my teammates, with Real Madrid and the national team”.