“Today, no one could take my desire to win a Champions League. It was for my dead that I was going win one Courtois, after nine stops -three of which were tremendous – sat down at the microphone of the Champions journalist in order to display his most spontaneous side. “For my dead” is a language that speaks more than it appears. It is a sign that Courtois has fully integrated himself into the Iberian Ring and thinks and feels just like a native.

Kroos is one example of such a soccer player. He will not say a sentence in Spanish that has a subject and predicate. Others prefer to live in harmony with the natural world. Ludo Penev, a Bulgarian native speaker of Spanish, was able to speak fluently in the 1990s than his Spanish-speaking colleagues. When asked how he managed to speak correct Spanish, he replied that it was not easy to stay home. The striker was well-known for his knowledge of all nightclubs in the cities he played: Valencia Madrid Vigo, Compostela, Vigo, Vigo, and Vigo.

The use of terms and linguistic twists of colloquial language denotes that one doesn’t live in a bubble. It means that one interacts regularly with other people, and also that one emulates the way that others experience the world around them. Ludwig Wittgenstein, the greatest philosopher of the 20th Century, believed that language was not only used to describe reality but also acts as a filter through the lens through which we experience it. There are 40 ways for Finns to refer to snow. They are therefore more likely to make distinctions that they are interested in. They may see snow but will tell you if it is “viti”, “loska”, or “ahto”.

Courtois’s “for me dead” demonstrates that Courtois thinks and feels like an Iberian goalkeeper. This isn’t trivial. Ancelotti says that there is a difference between Madrid players and other players. This is because the merengues in Madrid are madridistas. That is, anyone who comes to the white team adopts what anthropologists call a “football culture”. Courtois spoke in the same manner that he used traditional mortuary language games to describe his journey to “the club of my life”. These words are meaningless for some. It’s like when one kisses his shield at the club that pays him in the first goal.

Courtois spent two years at Genk and three at Atletico Madrid. He also played four seasons at Chelsea. Next season, he will be celebrating his fifth year at Real Madrid. He has been a professional in all clubs, but now he is experiencing the feeling of belonging to a club, its history and some values. You can travel for many years and still find your home.

Someone will one day have to explain why Madrid is a place where football players can be their best. Maybe because one believes that Madrid is the best soccer team in the world. This can only happen if one combines with the ecosystem around him.

Thibaut Courtois is a Belgian citizen and stands two meters tall. Face to face, Thibaut Courtois seems more Spanish than the others. He uses expressions, jokes, and reflect with vernacular arguments as if he was born in the Bernabeu corner. He claims that winning 1-0 makes the saves look better; that football isn’t all bad. That they will give you sticks and that goalkeepers can be put in the fridge when they fail. My son also begins his sentences with this tagline: “As a plan …>>.

Anthropologists try to understand the perspective of the indigenous people we study. It’s like watching them see and then telling us the story. Courtois will be my inspiration when I return to home to do anthropological research. I will try to imitate him and to feel like a native speaker, thinker, and believer the next time I’m away. For my dead.