Thibaut Courtois is a Belgian footballer who plays for Chelsea and the Belgium national football team. Courtois can be considered to be one of the best goalkeepers in world football. For the 2014-15 season Courtois was preferred over Petr Cech at the club.
Born on the 11th of May 1992 Courtois began his club career at Genk making his professional debut in 2009 aged just 16 years and 341 days. He was a key figure in Genk's title victory in the 2010-11 season in the Belgian Pro League. He received the Goalkeeper of the Year and Genk's Player of the Year award, only conceding 32 goals over the course of 40 league matches and keeping 14 clean sheets for Genk.
In July 2011 Courtois signed for English club Chelsea signing a five year deal. Within weeks of joining Chelsea, Courtois was sent on a season-long loan to La Liga club Atlético Madrid. He made his debut for Atlético in a UEFA Europa League match against Vitoria de Guimaraes, followed by his La Liga debut, a 0-0 draw with Osasuna. Courtois' loan to Atlético was extended to cover the 2012-13 season. For the 2013-14 season, Courtois' loan to Atlético Madrid was extended by a further 12 months. Courtois returned to Chelsea in the 2014-15 season replacing Petr Cech as the number goalkeeper at the club.
Having played for the Belgium Under-18 side in 2009 and 2010 Courtois made his senior debut for Belgium in a 0-0 draw against France making the the youngest goalkeeper to ever play for the Belgian national team.