Real Madrid and Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois criticised FIFA and UEFA after Belgium lost the UEFA Nations League third-place play-off to Italy.

“This match for third and fourth place is just a match for money and we have to be honest about it. We just play it because for UEFA it’s extra money,” he said, in quotes transcribed by Sky Sports.

“Look how much the line-ups of both teams have changed. If both teams had been in the final, other players would have played in the final. It just shows that we play too many games.

“They can be angry about other teams wanting a Super League but they don’t care about the players, they just care about their pockets.

“It’s a bad thing that players are not spoken about. And now you hear about a European Championship and a World Cup every year, when will we get a rest? Never.”