Unsurprisingly, Manuel Neuer, who has helped Bayern Munich take an 18 point lead at the top of the Bundesliga table and has only conceded eight goals in 16 games this season, finally won this year’s top goalkeeper.
As a goalkeeper with FC Bayern Munich, Neuer actually has been tipped for many years, following in the footsteps of Iker Casillas who topped the polls in the last five years, and now gets his wish to become the best goalkeeper in the world, far ahead of his competitors Gianluigi Buffon who comes from Juventus Turin and Petr Cech, goalkeeper of FC Chelsea.
On his Facebook page, the 27-year-old goalkeeper revealed that the honor made him so “proud and happy”, but added: “As with all titles, this victory is a team success. So let me express my sincere thanks to my team mates at Bayern Munich and in the national squad”. Furthermore, Neuer seized this amazing opportunity to thank “coaches and managers along with my family and friends. Not to forget all my fans”.
Neuer, who bagged the treble with Bayern Munich in 2013 before his victory in the European Super Cup and the Club Championships, secured 211 points in a vote participated by journalists and experts from 70 countries, well ahead of Buffon (78 points) and Cech (64 points).
In Bayern football chapter, former goalie Oliver Kahn has been already honored with the award up to three times in 1999, 2001 and 2002 during his career. Now the title again returned to a German keeper.
Congratulations to Manuel Neuer again!