Thibaut Courtois and Karim Benzema at the height of their glory

If the evening of the Champions League final was marked by excesses, this did not prevent the people of Madrid from lifting their 14ᵉ Champions League, well helped by their two stars, goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and the French striker Karim Benzema.

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It’s a great victory for a great club but also and above all for a great goalkeeper. Hands, feet, thighs, chest, Thibaut Courtois stopped all goal attempts until disgusting Liverpool attackers. He made nine decisive saves, unheard of in the history of Champions League statistics.

“Yesterday at a press conference, I said that we had to win the final and write history. I was humbled today. I had to win the final for my career,” says Thibaut Courtois.

Karim Benzema, future Ballon d’Or?

The other hero of the evening, apart from striker Vinicius Júnior, is Karim Benzema. The captain of Real did not score but he was a magnificent catalyst for his fifth victory in the competition. He finished top scorer with fifteen goals. A great lord, he left teammate Marcelo Vieira to lift the trophy first to bid farewell to the club.

Karim Benzema, 34, is now favorite for the Ballon d’Or, 24 years after Zidane. “Of course I think about it”, he slipped on this subject, all smiles, before joining the France team on Monday evening where he will be celebrated as it should be.

Source: Europe1

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