Germany and Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is a man of many skills. Signed from bitter rivals Schalke 04 in July of 2011 for a fee of €22 million, second only to world record signing Gianluigi Buffon of Juventus, Neuer came in with a reputation for dazzling saves, kamikaze clearances and the potential to become the world’s greatest. Known for the spectacular, one of his most famous ever moments as a goalkeeper ironically ended in him being scored upon. While playing for Schalke in Champions League, Neuer’s sublime reading of the game and readiness to come off his line saw him cut out a pinpoint through ball against Inter Milan, only to be punished by one of the best volleys ever struck.
Since then, Neuer has indeed gone on to become arguably the best goalkeeper in the world redefining the term “sweeper keeper”, and helping to lead Bayern Munich to trophy after trophy. During the 2013-14 season, His exploits helped Bayern to the Champions League Semi-Finals, only to be beaten by a rampant Real Madrid. Not to be discouraged however, Neuer was nearly unbeatable as his native Germany took home the World Cup trophy, and he deservedly won the Golden Glove award as the tournament’s best goalkeeper.
Neuer has carried his form into the 2014-15 season, as Bayern Munich continues to dominate on the domestic and European scene. Often seeming bored as he goes for long stretches without seeing a shot, it would appear that he’s taken to amusing himself in other ways. Who says goalkeepers can’t play?