Courtois: Simeone criticises Real Madrid to boost popularity

Courtois: Simeone criticises Real Madrid to boost popularity

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Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois fired back at Atlético Madrid coach Diego Simeone following Saturday's win over Rayo Vallecano.

Thibaut Courtois said Diego Simeone criticises Real Madrid to boost his popularity among Atlético Madrid supporters as he hit out at his former boss.

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Simeone has come in for criticism after Ballon d'Or winner Luka Modric accused the Atlético head coach of having "a constant need to belittle Real Madrid".

Atlético star Antoine Griezmann or Madrid centre-back Raphael Varane should have won the Ballon d'Or ahead of Modric, according to Simeone.

Earlier this month, Simeone also suggested Courtois only won the award for 'The Best' goalkeeper because he plays for Madrid and the Belgium international fired back following Saturday's 1-0 LaLiga victory over Rayo Vallecano.

"Simeone criticises Madrid so as to be popular with his fans," Courtois said. "He always does it, attacks Madrid for being the best in the world."

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Courtois added: "Everyone's opinions have to be respected, everyone can say their personal opinion.

"But I was there for three years and when you always fight against Real Madrid, who are the best team in the world, you're going to say things to generate populism.

"In my case, he said I had won that trophy [Best goalkeeper] because I played for Real Madrid, but in the World Cup I was Chelsea, and in the The Best Award, the votes were closed in July.

"[Atlético goalkeeper Jan] Oblak is also a great goalkeeper and could have had more points, but there are a lot of people who vote."