Hero goalkeeper demands 'respect on my name'

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Thibaut Courtois produced a goalkeeping show for the ages earlier giving his critics an almighty service astatine the Stade de France.

The Belgium shot-stopper was antheral of the lucifer successful Real Madrid's record-extending Champions League triumph implicit Liverpool with his 9 saves the astir successful a last since 2004.

Courtois was truthful bully that erstwhile Socceroos skipper Craig Foster said helium could go the archetypal goalkeeper since Lev Yashin successful 1963 to triumph the coveted Ballon D'Or.

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"I said to my friends yesterday that erstwhile Real Madrid play finals they triumph it. I americium connected the bully broadside of history," Courtois said connected Stan Sport's coverage.

"Today I needed to triumph a last for my career, for each the hard enactment to enactment respect connected my sanction due to the fact that I don't deliberation I person capable respect, particularly successful England."

Courtois, 30, played for Chelsea betwixt 2011-18 and won 2 Premier League titles.

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Thibaut Courtois of Real Madrid celebrates. (Getty)

"I saw a batch of disapproval adjacent aft a large season, that I was not bully capable oregon whatever," Courtois said.

"I americium conscionable truly blessed and arrogant of the show of the team. We stuck to it and erstwhile I needed to beryllium there, I was determination for the team."

The champion of the 9 saves denied Liverpool forwards Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah successful each half.

Sadio Mane of Liverpool has a changeable saved by Thibaut Courtois of Real Madrid. (Getty)

He dived sharply to his close to deflect Mane's changeable onto the station and distant to information portion the Salah prevention near the Egypt striker successful disbelief, manus connected head.

"Today cipher was going to get successful my way," Courtois said.

"I was going to triumph a Champions League nary substance what."

Mohamed Salah of Liverpool reacts aft a missed chance. (Getty)

Brazil winger Vinicius Junior scored the winning extremity successful the 59th minute, gathering Federico Valverde's driving transverse and applying a calm finish.

It completed an unthinkable tally for the kings of Europe, who came from down successful each of their erstwhile knockout ties against giants Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea and Manchester City.

And it besides completed a miserable week for Liverpool, who were besides pipped by City for the Premier League title.

Thibaut Courtois and Mohamed Salah conflict for the ball. (DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

"I deliberation we bushed the champion clubs successful the world, City and Liverpool were unbelievable this season," Courtois said.

"They fought to the extremity successful the Premier League and Liverpool won 2 cups. Today they were truly strong.

"I played a large game, that was the quality contiguous due to the fact that we had 1 important accidental and we scored it."

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Madrid's triumph besides meant Carlo Ancelotti became the archetypal manager to triumph the Champions League 4 times.

The Italian led AC Milan to European glory successful 2003 and 2007 and besides won the trophy successful a erstwhile stint with Madrid successful 2014.

"I cannot judge it. I americium the grounds man," Ancelotti said.

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On the flipside, Liverpool failed to people a azygous extremity successful 3 cupful finals this season.

"In the dressing room, cipher feels it was a large play astatine the moment," Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said, portion besides touching connected the assemblage chaos earlier kick-off.

"I cognize families had existent struggles to get into the stadium. We volition permission it for the probe to fig out. Obviously it was beauteous tricky retired there."

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