Manuel Peter Neuer (born 27 March 1986) is a German professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper and captains both Bundesliga club Bayern Munich and the Germany national team.
He is regarded as one of the greatest goalkeepers in the history of the sport. Neuer has been described as a “sweeper-keeper” because of his playing style and speed when rushing off his line to anticipate opponents, going out of the goalkeeper box. He was named the best goalkeeper of the decade from 2011 to 2020 by IFFHS.
Neuer started his career at Schalke 04 where he won the DFB-Pokal and DFL-Ligapokal. In 2011, he signed for Bayern Munich and has since won 24 trophies, including eight Bundesliga titles and two UEFA Champions League titles. In 2014, Neuer finished third in the voting, behind Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, for the FIFA Ballon d’Or award. He was awarded the UEFA Goalkeeper of the Year and the IFFHS World’s Best Goalkeeper five times each.
Neuer was selected as Germany’s number one goalkeeper for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. During the group stages, he only conceded a single goal. He provided the assist for Miroslav Klose’s opening goal against England, winning 4–1. Four years later, Neuer won the 2014 FIFA World Cup with Germany as well as the Golden Glove award for being the best goalkeeper in the tournament.
On 24 September 2020, Neuer made a huge save to one-on-one chance by Sevilla’s Youssef En-Nesyri in the 87th minute in the 2020 UEFA Super Cup, which Bayern Munich won 2–1 after extra-time. Six days later, Neuer won the German Super Cup. On 21 October 2020, Neuer reached his 200th clean sheet with Bayern in 394 matches, in a 4–0 win over Atlético Madrid in the 2020–21 UEFA Champions League, to surpass Sepp Maier (199 clean sheets in 651 games), and to be only behind Oliver Kahn (247 clean sheets in 632 matches). On 24 January 2021, Neuer had his 197th clean sheet in Bundesliga in 423 matches, breaking Oliver Kahn’s record of 196 clean sheets in 557 matches.