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UEFA Player Of The Year – Manuel Neuer

Manuel Neuer has made the top three for the European Player of the Year award, but can he beat Arjen Robben and Cristiano Ronaldo? We take a look at his illustrious career.  

The 28-year-old is a graduate of the Schalke academy and he caught the eye with a brilliant display away to FC Porto in the 2007/08 UEFA Champions League. His many saves including two in a penalty shoot-out that took his team through to the quarter-finals.

A stalwart in Germany's U21 side, he became a European champion at that level in 2009, starting all five matches in Sweden and conceding just one goal.

He became Germany's first choice at the 2010 FIFA World Cup after the death of Robert Enke and an injury to René Adler.

In 2011, he joined Bayern Munich for £22 million and made a stunning start to his career at the club, setting a club record of 1,147 minutes without conceding a goal between early August and mid-October.

He appeared in all but one of Bayern's matches en route to the 2012 UEFA Champions League final – where he scored a penalty past Petr Čech in the shoot-out but ultimately ended up on the losing team against Chelsea FC.

However, he would be rewarded one year later and was ever-present in the Bavarians' triumphant 2013 European campaign.

After a 2013/14 season in which he helped Bayern to Bundesliga, FIFA Club World Cup and German Cup glory, he started every game in Brazil as Germany won the FIFA World Cup, conceding four goals in seven matches.

Neuer recently won the German Player of the Year award and is the first goal-keeper to make the European Player of the Year award short list. The winner will be announced on Friday, 28 August, at the Champions League group stage draw.

Do you think Manuel Neuer deserves to win the European Player of the year award? Have your say in the comment section below.

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