Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has been named Germany’s Footballer of the Year after a successful year both on the domestic and international scenes.
The 28-year-old helped Bayern retain their Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal crowns last season, pipping arch-rivals Borussia Dortmund to both trophies.
Neuer then played a starring role for Germany at the 2014 World Cup as Joachim Low’s side went on to win the tournament in Brazil, beating Argentina 1-0 in the final.
The keeper’s efforts won him the Golden Glove award, and now he has been honoured in his homeland by scooping the county’s top accolade for a second time in his career – Neuer also won it back in 2011.
He told DFB-TV on Saturday: “I am happy to be back. I am looking forward to the new challenges with Bayern and with the national team and the qualification for the European Championship.
“After a year in which we have won two titles with Bayern and became the World Cup Winners, I will stay hungry and ambitious.”
Neuer topped the list with 144 votes, Dortmund winger Marco Reus coming in second with 135 and Bayern team-mate Thomas Muller third with 105.