By Sam Mcevoy For Mailonline
Published: 21:14 GMT, 16 November 2019 | Updated: 21:14 GMT, 16 November 2019
It is fair to say that Thibaut Courtois is one of football’s pantomime villains.
Often the target of hate from Atletico Madrid and Chelsea fans, the Belgian shot-stopper has even struggled to win over the majority of Real Madrid supporters since his move from Stamford Bridge in 2018.
Along with Antoine Griezmann, his mural at the Wanda Metropolitano was defaced with graffiti while toy rats were thrown at him when he went up against his former employers last season.
Thibaut Courtois has gone 533 minutes without conceding a goal for Real Madrid
His horrendous start to life back in Madrid saw him ship goals left right and centre and was at risk of losing his spot as Zinedine Zidane's No 1.
The 6ft 6in Belgium international only managed to keep 10 clean sheets in all competitions last year and it looked as if the rot would continue into the current campaign – much to the delight of those that used to support him week in week out.
A 2-2 draw with Club Brugge in the Champions League last month put Courtois under pressure after he was left wrongfooted for Emmanuel Dennis' first goal, with the young Nigerian bundling the ball into the net.
Atletico fans defaced Courtois' commemorative plaque before last season's Madrid derby
Toy rats were thrown at Courtois by Atletico fans,