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'The Art Of Goalkeeping' - Insane Manuel Neuer Compilation Proves He's Already A Football Icon

Daniel Marland

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'The Art Of Goalkeeping' - Insane Manuel Neuer Compilation Proves He's Already A Football Icon

An incredible Manuel Neuer compilation titled 'The Art Of Goalkeeping' has gone viral and it puts his legendary career into perspective.

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The Bayern Munich captain helped his side wrap up their tenth consecutive Bundesliga title last month to take his personal trophy haul to a remarkable 27.

Neuer helped redefine what it means to be a goalkeeper in the 2010s, regularly showing his complete lack of respect for the sacred goal-line.

At any opportunity, the Germany international would be out and about in the Bayern defence for a touch of the ball. His distribution was unmatched for years and he's still got a wicked kick and throw.

The 36-year-old has a nerve like no other and is partial to a Cruyff turn in his own area at least once per half... That might be slightly overboard. We'll settle at once per game.

What good is a goalkeeper who can't save shots though? Between the sticks Neuer is an absolute phenomenon too.

Over the years he's gone one on one with Robert Lewandowski, Lionel Messi and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and others only to come out on top.

He also saved a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty in a Champions League semi-final shootout back in 2012. Not many can say they've denied Mr. Champions League in his competition.

Image Credit: Alamy
Image Credit: Alamy

Fans have had their say and they think Neuer deserves to go down as perhaps the greatest goalkeeper in football history.

One commented: "I needed this today, what a comp sir. The greatest."

Another said: "Easily the best goalkeeper I've ever seen. Complete package."

A third put: "Best player after Messi and Ronaldo this generation. I don’t wanna hear Neymar, Luis Suarez, Sergio Ramos. You simply cannot be the GOAT keeper and be below them."

While someone tweeted: "The blueprint for modern goalkeepers. Far ahead of his time."

All in all Neuer has won ten Bundesligas, five DFB-Pokals, six DFL-Supercups, two Champions Leagues, two Super Cups and two Club World Cups in addition to the 2014 World Cup. Get all that?

Image Credit: Alamy
Image Credit: Alamy

He very nearly ended up playing a game in midfield for Bayern as well.

Pep Guardiola genuinely considered the idea during his time as manager according to former CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

"Manuel invented the art of being a footballer as a goalkeeper and revolutionised this position," Rummenigge told 51, the club's official magazine.

"I still remember how Pep Guardiola, after winning a championship, seriously came up with the idea of ​​putting him in midfield for a game."

There's no denying Neuer is closer to the end of his career than the beginning. Ederson and Alisson Becker have taken up the mantle as the next generation's go-to 'sweeper keeper'.

It's always worth remembering there was one before, who paved the way. And he's got a lot left in the tank.

Featured Image Credit: Idoxzi/Twitter

Topics: Manuel Neuer, Bayern Munich, Germany

Daniel Marland
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