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Chelsea keeper Courtois first footballer named Belgian Sportsman of the Year

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has become the first footballer to be named Belgian Sportsman of the Year.

The 22-year-old became the first footballer to win the award, which has been running since 1967, after claiming the La Liga title during his loan spell with Atletico Madrid last season.

Courtois also played in goal during Belgium's progression to the quarter-finals in Brazil, the country's first World Cup appearance since 2002.

The Blues keeper returned to Stamford Bridge this season and has kept five clean sheets in 14 Premier League games to leave Chelsea three points clear at the top of the table ahead of the festive fixtures.

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