Many people already regard Manuel Neuer as the world’s best goalkeeper. After winning the Golden Glove, he is now formally recognis as the best goalkeeper at the 2014 World Cup. Best Goalkeeper Save World Cup
Many would have picked the Bayern Munich star as the favourite to win. The award going into the competition, and with Germany’s World Cup victory, he established himself as the front-runner in Brazil.
Despite Los Ticos’ exit from the quarterfinals, some might contend. That Keylor Navas of Costa Rica outperform Neuer. According to OptaFranz, Navas had a save percentage. That was just over six points higher than Neuer’s going into the championship. Although you couldn’t go wrong with either player, Neuer probably came out on top because his team played farther into the
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That is not to say that his individual performances—particularly against Algeria and Brazil—did not merit the award on their own. The Germans’ success can be attributed to a variety of players, but having a goalkeeper of Neuer’s calibre in net helped Die Nationalmannschaft get as far as they did.
The Fennec Foxes took advantage of Germany’s slow back four in the round of 16. Benedikt Howedes, Jerome Boateng, and Per Mertesacker were fortunate that Neuer was constantly rushing off his line to make the tackle and neutralise the threat:
The best goalkeepers also show the ability to stay focused even when the opposition produces few chances and is disadvantaged for the majority of the game.