Neuer sets sights on Euro 2016 after 'incredible' World Cup triumph

Described by Karim Benzema as “the best goalkeeper in the world”, the Ballon d’Or nominee is determined to lift the trophy in France in two years’ time


Manuel Neuer says he is already targeting a Germany triumph at Euro 2016 following their World Cup win this summer.

The Bayern Munich goalkeeper helped his side to glory in Brazil and was named as one of the final three Ballon d’Or nominees for his superb performances in 2014, alongside Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Neuer was described by Karim Benzema as “the best goalkeeper in the world” following his exploits this summer, but the 28-year-old is already looking to do even better in the coming years.

“It’s difficult for a goalkeeper to be amongst the three Ballon d’Or nominees. After a game, you don’t look at a keeper’s performance. Players like Messi and Ronaldo have a habit on being on the podium. So I’m surprised and happy,” he told Telefoot.

“The World Cup was fantastic. Those moments are incredible for a footballer. We work every moment for such a result.

“Against Algeria [in the last 16], there were many one-on-one situations. That was make or break. But I think it was the best way to play.

“At Bayern we have 70 per cent ball possession. With me, we don’t play with 10 but with 11 and we want to take profit from this advantage.

“As for myself, I want success with Bayern and to win Euro 2016.”

Neuer also admitted he was sad to think France international and Bayern team-mate Franck Ribery will not take part in the tournament after his international retirement.

“Ribery is very funny but he is a great footballer,” he added. “It’s a shame he won’t play a great tournament in his country. But it’s his decision and we have to accept it. ”

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