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Fourth time on the bounce

Neuer retains World's Best Goalkeeper crown

What an accolade for Manuel Neuer! The FC Bayern netminder has been named World's Best Goalkeeper for the fourth time in a row. The 30-year-old received 156 points in the poll organised by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS), significantly ahead of Juventus's Gianluigi Buffon on 91 and Sporting Lisbon's Rui Patricio on 50 points. Experts from 56 countries took part in the 30th running of the poll.

A fourth successive award means Neuer has now caught up with Buffon, who won the poll in 2003, 2004, 2006 and 2007. Only former Spain netminder Iker Casillas has topped the poll more often, winning five times in a row from 2008 to 2012.

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