One of eight Bundesliga players in the Goal 50, when it comes to imposing goalkeepers there are few who compare to Bayern and Germany man-mountain Manuel Neuer.
The fact that Argentina failed to hit the target with three one-on-ones in the World Cup final was as much down to Neuer’s presence as it was to do with poor finishing. Throughout 2013-14, Neuer often had little to do as Bayern and Germany steamrollered opponents, but the 28-year-old’s influence on his sides is invaluable.
This led to Bayern winning four trophies, including the Bundesliga, and Germany to clinching their first World Cup in 24 years. Neuer took the Golden Glove as the tournament’s best goalkeeper.
And to further underline his uniqueness, last season the former Schalke man almost redefined the goalkeeping position – acting as a sweeper-keeper with such success. A true innovator.
"The years between eighteen and twenty-eight are the hardest, psychologically. It’s then you realize this is make or break, you no longer have the excuse of youth, and it is time to become an adult – but you are not ready."