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Neuer again named World's Best Keeper

Bayern and Germany number one Manuel Neuer has been named the World's Best Goalkeeper for the second year in a row, repeating his maiden success from 2013. In the 28th running of the poll organised by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS) among editorial staff and experts from 70 countries and chosen from all the football continents, the Munich keeper received 216 points, significantly ahead of Thibaut Courtois of Atlético Madrid and Chelsea on 96 points and Keylor Navas of Levante and Real Madrid on 46 points.

Prior to his two triumphs Neuer previously finished runner-up in 2011, and fourth in 2010 and 2012. The 28-year-old conceded only four goals in 17 games in the first half of the current Bundesliga season, and also played a decisive role in Germany’s 2014 World Cup success.

Neuer could acquire another major honour on Monday at the FIFA Ballon d’Or Gala in Zurich, where the Bayern keeper goes up against Cristiano Ronaldo of Real and Barcelona’s Lionel Messi for the World Player of the Year title.