Manuel Neuer has had a huge influence on the development of goalkeeping since the beginning of his career. Real Madrid’s Thibaut Courtois now praises this fact in an interview with the French L’Equipe.
“The biggest change came with Neuer. What he did at the 2014 World Cup had a big impact on what came after that. The goalkeeper was no longer just the one who had to keep the ball,” Courtois said. In doing so, the Belgian ennobled Neuer’s fantastic performances at the World Cup in Brazil, where Neuer, as a goalkeeper, ensured highlight actions on the assembly line.
Since then, the English have referred to this type of goalkeeper as a “sweeper-keeper”. Throughout the tournament, Neuer conceded just four goals and earned the award for the tournament’s best goalkeeper.
Thibaut Courtois finally established himself as a world-class goalkeeper on a par with Manuel Neuer when he was awarded the Ballon d’Or last week. The 30-year-old received the coveted Yashin Trophy, which honored the world’s best goalkeeper of the past season. Manuel Neuer ended up in the top 10.