Manuel Neuer has been named best goalkeeper at the World Cup in
Brazil. The 28-year-old beat off rivals Sergio Romero of Argentina and
Costa Rica number one Keylor Navas for the prestigious individual award.
Germany predecessors Oliver Kahn and Jens Lehmann had previously hailed Neuer as the best goalkeeper at the global showdown in Brazil, and that opinion was confirmed after Sunday's final in Rio de Janeiro. World football's governing body FIFA awarded the Bayern Munich keeper the adidas Golden Glove, effectively proclaiming him the best goalkeeper in world football.
"Manuel Neuer can become the best German goalkeeper of all time," Lehmann declared in the build-up to the World Cup final between Germany and Argentina. The former Arsenal keeper even believes the Bayern man has yet to peak: "That's what's so fantastic about Manuel: his best years are still to come."
Oliver ‘Titan’ Kahn, the last German keeper to appear in a World Cup final, the 2–0 defeat to Brazil in 2002, agreed with his former rival: "Manuel is the best keeper in the world at the moment." Neuer had proved that six times in the matches running up to the final, ZDF co-commentator Kahn emphasised: "Everyone knows he's a wonderfully skilled player who can hold his own outfield. But the decisive factor is that he's there in the critical situations and salvages victory for his team."