Spanish fans voting on an online poll conducted by Spanish publication Marca have voted in favour of Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois to be included in the upcoming FIFPro world XI honour.
Over the past 12 months his influence has been telling, and this can be illustrated by a majority 35.3% of Marca’s readers voting in favour of him to receive the prestigious honour.
The FIFPro is a world XI for the year 2014 to be voted by the players and to be announced at the upcoming Ballon d’Or gala.
Belgian international Courtois was nominated alongside Manuel Neuer, Iker Casillas, Claudio Bravo and Gianluigi Buffon following his terrific form throughout 2014.
The 22-year-old spent last season on loan to Atletico Madrid – his third successive season-long loan spell at the Vicente Calderon – and impressed a number of observers with a string of fine displays.
He helped Los Colchoneros win their first La Liga trophy since 1996 and also helped the club reach the Champions League final against the odds, eliminating parent club the Blues at the semi-final stage.
Courtois received the prestigious Zamora award for keeping the most La Liga clean sheets over the season, and Atleti boss Diego Simeone was keen for him to remain at the club on a permanent basis.
The Blues, however, finally decided tat it was time to bring him back to Stamford Bridge and install him as the club’s number one ahead of the popular Petr Cech.
This season, he has been a leading figure in the West Londoners’ 19-game unbeaten run in all competitions and their formidable rise to the top of the Premier League table.