Real Madrid’s Champions League talisman to leave

14.5.2019.

The Costa Rican goalkeeper Keylor Navas is not in Real Madrid’s future plans after five years spent at the club. Spanish giant’s final training session before the game against Real Sociedad on weekend passed without Keylor Navas as he missed it due to a muscular problem. But speaking the truth, president of Real Madrid has already written off Navas and it seems Thibaut Courtois will no longer have such a strong competition between the posts.


Three-times Champions League winner will leave the club as one one of the most beloved players among the fans and in the dressing room. Zinedine Zidane and club's president Florentino Perez disagree on this topic, although is obvious that Zizu will lose the battle in trying to keep the Navas in the team.


After his arrival from Levante in 2014/2015 season, Navas has become a huge part of Madrid's amazing successes in Europe. With him in goal, Los Blancos only lost six out of 51 games in the Champions League. It was his brilliant performances at World Cup 2014 that attracted big attention of the top clubs in Europe and earned him the transfer to Los Blancos.


In the total five seasons of his presence in Madrid, the team has failed to win the most prestigious European competition twice. Those two times have come when Iker Casillas and Thibaut Courtois were playing in goal, the fact that additionally frustrates fans who would keep enthusiastic goalkeeper in the team under all the circumstances.


The Costa Rican's name is engraved into the Champions League's Hall of Fame as he became one of only four goalkeepers in the history to win the title three times. The first goalkeeper who achieved it was Juanito Alonso, who was also in goal for Madrid's first five Champions League triumphs back in the ‘50s. The last time one goalkeeper achieved such success was the German shot-stopper, Sepp Maier, in the period between 1974-1976 for Bayern Munich. Is this a bad decision by Madrid's board to write off a 32-year-old Navas?