Real Madrid secured their 14th European club title with a 1-0 victory over Liverpool in the 2022 UEFA Champions League final in Paris, thanks to some heroics at both ends of the pitch.
While Vinicius Jr. got the match-winning goal after 59 minutes, the clear star of the show was Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who put in an incredible performance to finish off an outstanding season in style. The Belgian was brought in by Real Madrid from Chelsea in 2018, just after the Spanish giants had won the Champions League for a 13th time. Since then, he has shone as one of the best goalkeepers in the world, and his performance at the Stade de France truly confirmed his place as a global star.
The 30-year-old’s shot-stopping was world class throughout, but it was also his decision-making, discipline, distribution, as well as his command of his penalty area, that stood out just as much and saw him named as UEFA’s man of the match.