Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois' attempt to celebrate their Champions League triumph has seemingly backfired – with football fans branding it the 'worst tattoo' they've ever seen.
The Belgian number one was on inspired form as Carlo Ancelotti's side edged out Liverpool in the showpiece final in Paris last month. The Reds enjoyed the lionshare of possession but could not find a way past Courtois, and Vinicius Jr pounced at the other end to settle the contest.
The Real Madrid goalkeeper made nine saves to keep the Premier League side at bay, including a fine late save to deny Mohamed Salah. Courtois was unsurprisingly named the man of the match by UEFA's technical committee, who praised the 30-year-old's ability to make 'crucial saves at critical moments' in the first-half.
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It was the first Champions League success for the shot-stopper, who had previously tasted defeat with Atletico Madrid against his current side in 2014. As a result, Courtois opted to mark the achievement with a tattoo on his arm to celebrate both the final victory and his own performance.
The design is of a brick wall in a goal – alluding to his standout display – with the Champions League trophy resting against the post. Courtois also requested for 'TC1' for his own name to be written grafitti-style next to the silverware.
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The goalkeeper shared the design on social media, but the tattoo perhaps did not get the response he expected from fans. One supporter wrote: "This is hands on, the most ugly tattoo I’ve seen in my life."
Even Madrid fans found it tough to be complimentary over the design. One posted: "Terrible design but leaving some space for more titles."
Courtois left Chelsea for Real in 2018, and the goalkeeper took aim at a perceived lack of 'respect' from his critics in England. Ancelotti's side dispatched the Blues, Manchester City and Liverpool en route to the trophy, as well as a comeback success against Paris Saint-Germain.
Courtois told reporters post-match: "I don’t think I get enough respect, especially in England. Today I needed to win a final for my career, for all the hard work to put respect on my name.
"There was a magazine, in March, that didn’t put me in the top 10 goalkeepers in the world. I don’t think they have to put me as No 1, but not to be put in the top 10 – it’s strange. I guess it is to do with how I left Chelsea, but I won the Premier League twice in England.
"I don’t think I ever really get recognised for it, especially after my first year with Madrid. A lot of people laughed at me but here I am as a winner so it is a nice comeback.”
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