Courtois winds up Atlético fans with gesture at the Wanda
As he left the pitch, where he had been pelted with toy rats, the goalkeeper made a three-fingered gesture to the home fans, to signal Real Madrid's 1-3 victory.
A lot can change in 12 months in football. The first time Thibaut Courtois visited the Wanda Metropolitano, in September 2017 with Chelsea, he was treated to a warm ovation, for his shared past with Atleti. On that occasion, the goalkeeper bid farewell by gifting his shirt to a fan in the stands. Yesterday, on his return, the reception could not have been more different.
Hours before the Real Madrid team bus arrived at the Metropolitano, Atlético fans had vented their feelings about the keeper joining the eternal rival by leaving a pile of toy rats on the player's commemorative plaque on the legends walkway of fame. More fluffy rats were smuggled into the stadium then hurled at Courtois' goal before kick-off. Rojiblancos' fans also chanted an ammended rendition of his song: 'Salta, salta pequeño canguro' ('Jump, jump little kangeroo') - changing the lyrics to a stream of insults.