“We are not robots. It’s just more and more games and less rest for us and nobody cares about us. When will we get a rest? Never,” Courtois says over scheduled matches
Belgium and Real Madrid goalkeeper, Thibaut Courtois, has launched a scathing criticism of Uefa and FIFA for scheduling more and more matches at the expense of players’ health welfare.
Courtois, who earns a mouth watering £271,000 per week at Real Madrid, hit out at the growing football calendar after his side’s 2-1 defeat by Italy in the Nations League third-place play-off, labelling the match, in which both teams rotated their squads, a “money game”.
“We are not robots. It’s just more and more games and less rest for us and nobody cares about us. When will we get a rest? Never,” Courtois said.
The calendar has been squeezed in the last 18 months due to the Covid pandemic, with the Champions League and many of the continent’s top leagues taking place in shorter spaces of time but with the same amount of matches.
The European Championship and Copa América were both held at the end of the last season while next year’s World Cup will take place between November and December and the Nations League finals will be held in June 2023.