Belgian international goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois turns 22 today, on a day that could turn out to be an extremely special one for the player.
The Chelsea star who is currently on loan at Atletico Madrid has the chance to become a La Liga title winner if results go his side’s way.
Champions League finalists Atletico Madrid host Malaga at the Vicente Calderon stadium, whereas second-place Barcelona travel to Elche in what promises to be another difficult trip for the Catalans.
Diego Simeone’s men lead Barcelona by three points, with the teams set to face off in the season finale at the Nou Camp in what could be one of the most intriguing season-ending matches in La Liga history.
Courtois and his teammates, however, will be hoping the title is decided today and for that to be the case, they need to beat Malaga and hope that Barcelona don’t win at Elche. In a crazy turn of events, they could still win the league with a draw, but for that to happen Barcelona would need to lose and Real Madrid fail to beat Celta Vigo.
A title victory would be the least Courtois deserves after yet another special campaign in which he has kept a remarkable 20 La Liga clean sheets, and it could be the last opportunity he has in the Spanish captial before returning to the Blues for good.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is reportedly keen to once and for all cut the ties between his young shot-stopper and Atletico by ordering his stay at Stamford Bridge next season.
The current injury to Petr Cech may have a lasting influence in Mourinho’s decision, but perhaps the time has now come for arguably Europe’s finest goalkeeper on form to dislodge the Czech Republic international and become Chelsea’s long-term number one.