Thibaut Courtois has been named as Best Goalkeeper of 2018 by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS).
The Real Madrid stopper finished ahead of Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris, while Gianluigi Buffon, of Paris Saint-Germain, was third.
Courtois’ Real Madrid teammate, Keylor Navas, was fourth, while Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak and Barcelona’s Marc-Andre ter Stegen were joint fifth.
According to the IFFHS, football experts from 90 countries took part in the voting process that saw the 26-year-old Belgium international receive 181 votes. Lloris came second with 109 votes, Buffon came third with 59 votes.
Los Blancos said on their website that Courtois had a ‘great year’ in 2018, with the former Chelsea star helping his country secure a third-place finish in the World Cup last summer.
For his exploits in the competition, he took home the Golden Glove award for best keeper at the tournament.
Courtois also won the Best FIFA Goalkeeper at the Best FIFA Football Awards in September 2018, despite the fact that Manchester United’s David de Gea was named in the FIFA FIFPro World11.
Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric was presented with the award for the World’s Best Playmaker of 2018.