Thibaut Courtois made his mark at Racing Genk as a teenager and was subsequently picked up by Chelsea as a 19-year-old. Photograph: STR/AFP/Getty Images
It is, in many ways, a small miracle that Thibaut Courtois has made it all the way to being one of the best young goalkeepers in the world. In May the 22-year-old played in the Champions League final, in the summer he went to the World Cup with Belgium, this season he has ousted Petr Cech at Chelsea, and On Sunday he faces by far his most daunting challenge as José Mourinho’s No1 when Chelsea face Manchester City at the Etihad. Yet those who knew him as a young boy will perhaps wonder how he ever managed to get to the top.
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