Former Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has just won a prestigious award in his native country.
According to the Liverpool Echo, the Club Brugge star was the recipient of the Gouden Schoen (Golden Shoe) on Wednesday.
This is an honour which goes to the best player in all of Belgium.
Even more impressively, the 34-year-old is the first goalkeeper to receive the award since Michel Preud’homme in 1989.
The Belgian left Anfield in 2019 to join Brugge in a deal worth £8m.
Mignolet wins prestigious award
Mignolet has been a huge success since returning to the top division in his homeland.
Having received an incredible 7.92 rating for his performances in the Champions League, the former Red has helped Brugge reach the last-16 of the competition – having knocked out the likes of Atletico Madrid and Bayer Leverkusen on the way.
According to his club’s former manager Vincent Mannaert, Mignolet has established himself as one of the best keepers on the planet.
“What Simon Mignolet showed today, again, keeping a clean sheet for the fourth time [in this year’s Champions League], that’s fantastic,” he told Belgian outlet VTM.
“At the moment, Mignolet is one of the best goalkeepers in the world. We could count on a world-class goalkeeper.”
While Liverpool fans may not have the exact same memories of the shot-stopper, they will always be grateful for the six years he gave to the Merseyside outfit.
This is a brilliant achievement for the 34-year-old to now obtain. It really is great to see him excelling in the Champions League this term.