Bored abroad, Thibaut? Real Madrid keeper Courtois fires back at jibes from a YouTuber that he 'isn't quick off his line or good with his feet', just hours after proposing to his model girlfriend on a yacht

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Bored abroad, Thibaut? Real Madrid keeper Courtois fires back at jibes from a YouTuber that he 'isn't quick off his line or good with his feet', just hours after proposing to his model girlfriend on a yacht

  • Thibaut Courtois was man of the match in Real Madrid's Champions League win 
  • The goalkeeper made several stunning saves, helping his side beat Liverpool 1-0 
  • But his lack of speed off his line and distribution have been criticised on Twitter 
  • YouTuber Mark Goldbridge took aim at him, with Courtois then firing back at him
  • His comments appear to have come just hours after he proposed to his girlfriend 

Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has hit back at claims from YouTuber Mark Goldbridge that he does not command his penalty area, replying to the tweet with a series of photos showing him catching the ball during the Champions League final.

Courtois was chosen as the man of the match after Madrid's victory over Liverpool in Paris last month, with the stopper having pulled off a series of stunning saves to keep his side in front in a performance widely acclaimed as one of the best ever.

His good fortune continued last week, too, with the 30-year-old proposing to his model girlfriend Mishel Gerzig while on holiday. Pictures on social media showed him getting down on one knee in the middle of the water during a summer retreat.

Thibaut Courtois has fired back at criticism from YouTuber Mark Goldbridge while on holiday

Thibaut Courtois has fired back at criticism from YouTuber Mark Goldbridge while on holiday

Thibaut Courtois has fired back at criticism from YouTuber Mark Goldbridge while on holiday

Real Madrid goalkeeper Courtois responded to a tweet from Goldbridge with a shrug emoji

Real Madrid goalkeeper Courtois responded to a tweet from Goldbridge with a shrug emoji

But he has still found the time to defend his corner against Goldbridge's criticism.

The social media sensation, who has become renowned for his passionate rants about Manchester United, took to Twitter to speak about David de Gea, after Spain manager Luis Enrique delivered a withering assessment of the Old Trafford No 1.

Goldbridge disagreed with Enrique, and claimed that Courtois, for all his excellence, is not the best off his line or when trying to dictate play using his feet. 

The stopper's distribution and 'lack of speed off his line' were singled out on social media

The stopper's distribution and 'lack of speed off his line' were singled out on social media

Goldbridge, renowned for his rants about Man United, compared Courtois and David de Gea

Goldbridge, renowned for his rants about Man United, compared Courtois and David de Gea

He wrote: 'All these Enrique quotes about De Gea... Dave just won players' player of the year. Courtois won man of the match in a UCL final and isn't quick off his line or good with his feet.

'A keeper's first job is to save goals and we have one of the best in the business.'

Courtois was unimpressed, retorting with a shrugging emoji and pictures of him in action at the Stade de France. He also responded to a user who told him to 'shhh'.

'I was just answering the fact, that I don’t collect crosses,' he added. 

Courtois was vital in Real Madrid's Champions League triumph, having made stunning saves

Courtois was vital in Real Madrid's Champions League triumph, having made stunning saves

'I would never talk bad about another goalie.'

Meanwhile, Goldbridge later looked to clarify his comments about the Madrid stopper by insisting he was instead only talking about his use of the ball. 

'I was actually talking about sweeper keeping and ball distribution,' he wrote.

The Belgium international's tweets came just hours after he proposed to his model girlfriend

The Belgium international's tweets came just hours after he proposed to his model girlfriend

'Some to value it over actual shot stopping. Which is what I was highlighting with you and De Gea.'

Former Atletico Madrid star Courtois was unable to join up with Belgium for their Nations League clash against Holland due to injury, and chose to make the most of his rare time off by jetting abroad with his now-fiance and popping the question.

The couple made their relationship public last year, and are said to be supportive of each other's career. Gerzig is also a regular at the Bernabeu during matches.

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