During Real Madrid’s 2-0 Champions League win at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday, Thibaut Courtois silenced Chelsea fans who heckled him.
Madrid eliminated the Premier League side from the competition after beating them 2-0 in the first leg at Santiago Bernabeu and securing their place in the semi-finals with Rodrygo’s second-half brace in the second leg.
Despite being met with boos and insults from the crowd during his return to Stamford Bridge, Courtois, who signed for Madrid in 2018 after leaving Chelsea, remained unphased.
However, the 30-year-old Belgium international appeared to have the last laugh after footage emerged of him kissing the Madrid crest in front of the Chelsea fans.
One fan said in response to the viral footage (watch it in the video player above): “I love him SM [so much]. Proper winner mentality.”
Someone else added: “He needed to tell them to shut up.”
“Love this, LOL. Best transfer in a long while,” a third fan posted.
Another Twitter user wrote: “I mean, f**k it, he already has more caps with Madrid than the almost decade he was in London.”
A fifth tweeted: “Bro drinking Chelsea fans’ tears.”
Courtois kissing the Real Madrid badge after that big game in front of Chelsea fans who have been booing him 😭😭pic.twitter.com/Z0XJrTGeZC
— WolfRMFC (@WolfRMFC) April 18, 2023
Courtois kissing the Real Madrid badge to #CFC fans 😂😂👏🏼 pic.twitter.com/xtIX6OWfpZ
— Notorious 🏴 (@Notorious2023) April 19, 2023
While a sixth commented: “Call him a [snake] all you want, he’s our snake now.”
Courtois, who had loan spells at Atletico Madrid during his time at Chelsea, revealed he left the Blues for Los Blancos in 2018 due to the “competitive” nature of the club.
“The only difference is that we now have confidence and momentum,” he said in 2018, as per Marca.
“Before this run, we did not have any luck, goals came at the wrong moments, the ball would have hit the post instead of going in, things like that.
“My run of games? I know how competitive this club is and how difficult it is for the coach to choose in positions in a lot of games, that is why I came here.
“We have a great spirit in the dressing room and we push each other on, we all get on very well and it is a good situation for us all.”