Manuel Neuer quotes, a complete collection

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Manuel Neuer is a German professional footballer who was born on 27 March 1986. Neuer is playing for Bayern Munich at the moment. Read on our top Manuel Neuer quotes including his comments on football and his playing style.

Manuel Neuer

or how he is known on the pitch “the Snapper” entered the youth system back in 1991 via

Schalke 04

when he was only 5 years old. He started his senior career in 2004 with the same football club. Also his international career, plying for Germany, took place in 2009.

Throughout all these 17 years of Neuer’s professional career, he established himself as one of the most influential and important German players and an idol for all generations. As a matter of fact, he has been awarded so many times so far which surely proves the fact that he is one of a kind.

To name some of these trophies, we have to mention Footballer of the Year (2011), German national Player of the Year (2020), IFFHS World's Best Goalkeeper of the Decade (2011–2020), Best European Goalkeeper (2020), The Best FIFA Men's Goalkeeper (2020).

A complete collection of Manuel Neuer quotes:

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Manuel Neuer quotes

in which you will also read his comments on football as well as his inspirational quotes that might inspire you too!

Manuel Neuer quotes on his character and his childhood

Manuel Peter Neuer or commonly known as Manuel Neuer was born on 27 March 1986 to his mother Marita Neuer and his father Peter Neuer. Manuel was born and raised in the city of Gelsenkirchen located in western Germany.

He has an older brother called Marcel Neuer who is also a professional footballer. As a matter of fact, the two of them spent their childhood playing football on the street instead of studying.

And obviously, Manuel's idol, Jens Lehmann played an important role in his passion for football as he started playing football at the early age of 5.

Read on to learn what Manuel Neuer has to tell you about his childhood as well as his character.

On his childhood

I have three goalkeepers who really inspired me.

Jens Lehmann

was my idol because he played for Schalke and was really progressive in the way he developed the position in Germany. I also have a lot of respect for all that

Oliver Kahn

achieved with the national team. Outside Germany, I would add that

Edwin van der Sar

was a big role model.

I got my first football when I was two and played my first proper game before I was five. So nothing else was ever an option!

On his character

I'm not the sort of person who poses in their underwear.

I am always motivated.

I am a sportsman, not a brand ambassador, besides being the first goalkeeper of Adidas.

I am someone who takes a lot of time before making a decision and then has to be fully behind it.

I know that I often take risks, but it is always for the purposes of the team.

I think I am capable of captaincy.

Manuel Neuer quotes on his hobbies and preferences

And now for this part of our top

Manuel Neuer quotes

, let’s together discover what kind of hobbies this 32-year-old player is interested in and prefers to do while he is off the pitch.

Food is a passion for me, especially Italian cuisine. I prefer to have somebody cook for me, but I can do some very nice pasta dishes.

I do not like the red carpet; I prefer the green pitch.

In life, I'm a guy who likes to drive a car quite fast, but I wear a seat belt at the same time.

One of the great things about being a professional football player is visiting countries and seeing cultures you might never see.

Manuel Neuer inspirational quotes

According to Manuel Neuer himself, he has always been so motivated with regard to both his career and his personal life. Not only challenges have never let him down, but also made him more persistent and certain of his journey.

Let’s discover what quotes by Manuel Neuer might inspire you as well!

I love playing football every day. I love working hard, I love training, I love the games; I love the challenge. As long as that still applies, I don't see any reason to call time on something that makes me so happy.

You have to feel comfortable - then you can perform better.

I generally don't think one's age is all that meaningful - there are 50-year-olds who still act and think like children.

I feel fit and well - I know that I have to look after my health, but turning 30 is no reason to start considering the end of my career.

I think at the age of 30, you still have youthful aspects, but at the same time, you have gathered enough experience to know how to succeed in life. I like this mixture.

As a keeper, you can't be afraid.

For me, the main thing is that I continually improve my game and make sure I keep setting the bar high.

Manuel Neuer quotes on football and his playing style

As previously mentioned, Manuel Neuer entered the youth system in 1991 with the German football club, Schalke 04. It took him 13 years to finally start his senior career with the same club as a goalkeeper.

In the same year, he also began playing for


national team at the U18 level but at last, received his first cap 5 years later in 2009.

After 7 years of playing for Schalke 04, Manuel Neuer signed a contract with

Bayern Munich

, his current team on 1 June 2011.

If you want to know what comments Manuel Neuer, also known as "the best goalkeeper in the world" to some people, has made regarding football and his playing style, keep reading the following quotes by Manuel Neuer.

You can plan, but what happens on a football field cannot be predicted.

The calmness and confidence I take into matches has an effect not only on our rivals but also on my team-mates, who are counting on me.

It's obvious you always have to give everything in order to succeed. That's why playing at 80 per cent isn't enough - not against a 'normal' Bundesliga team. You always have to work hard.

I am convinced by my style of play, so I take risks without much hesitation.

I love to tackle, especially when the grass is wet, but my main aim is to be a complete goalkeeper who can do everything.

I'm the 11th field player.

I always want to play at the highest level; that's the Champions League.

I used to cry when I let in a goal. I always thought I was to blame because I was the last man.

Some young players think that they want to be like Manuel Neuer.

After matches, the highlights show mostly the goals, scoring chances, assists. The spectator tends not to remember that, as a goalkeeper, I make difficult saves at great risk and start moves with my efforts.

Personal success means nothing if it isn't aligned with the success of the team. I consider myself to be a team player more than anything else.

In the past, goalies weren't even part of the team. They had their own dressing room. They didn't speak with the other team members. They were lone warriors.

In my opinion, it is important to have a stable defence.

Every player has different skills.

As a goalkeeper, I talk a lot to my fellow players on and off the pitch.

For me, it's more important to win a team award, like a World Cup.

The goalkeeper always starts again at nil, even when you're 2-0 down. It always starts again at scratch. It's a completely mental thing, and I keep reminding myself of it during matches.

I consider that part of my job as a pro: to know who you're up against and how the attacking players play, what kind of characteristics they have, their qualities, how they move, their preferred foot.

I have a good record in shoot-outs. In such moments, I'm always confident of making at least a couple of stops; I always feel the taker is under more strain. Worrying is the kicker's job, as he's expected to score, while I have nothing to lose.

I do everything I can for the team's success.

I am very proud to be the captain of the German national team.

I am a professional player, and I will naturally do everything to be in goal.

In Germany, the football association is the best.

For me, the Bundesliga is a great league.

Obviously, I couldn't imagine that my career would go so well. When I first started, I wanted to play out of goal. But there was no goalkeeper, and the coach put me in goal.

First of all, I am and I remain a goalkeeper, but I try to be involved as much as I can and to help the defenders. I try to read dangerous situations in advance.

Before important games, I don't change my preparation.

I think as long as I feel good and am able to perform on a high level, I will keep playing because I love football so much. After that, I have many options but haven't set any goals.

I've trained under a lot of coaches and always picked up elements that develop a player.

Many things are necessary if you want to win games.

I want to win lots of titles.

On the pitch, I conduct and organise. I'm loud.

I try and help my team-mates as best I can, and I lead from the front, on and off the field.

It's obviously very tough for any team to lose on penalties.

It's a bitter thing to have one or more defenders missing.

You cannot compare warm-ups with World Cup games.

What's mostly left after a match? The scenes in front of the goal where the attackers are the highlights of the play. But doing the spectacular is not particularly important to me. I just want to play for my team.

It's easier to fine tune in club football, and you have the chance to win the Champions League every year.

It's more difficult to achieve something with the national team because players from several clubs get together and less frequently.

If I think I will get the ball, I go out. I can't stop halfway because the goal is empty and the player would have the opportunity to shoot. You make the reaction, and then, of course, you have to be sure to get the ball. But it's years of practice. You can't say from one day to the other, 'Now I will do it,' you know? You have to feel it.

As a goalkeeper, you like to be called upon.

We know from experience that anything can happen in games against strong opponents; nuances can make the difference.

A fit player has good and bad times during a season, and you have that in rehab, too.

To be a modern goalkeeper, I have to think offensively, to initiate our attacking moves safely and securely.

A keeper has to adjust his game to the team. If the team moves further up, he has to do the same. It's nothing I've invented.

I have always been interested in finding new ways to play and have looked at handball keepers and ice hockey goal-minders. It helps me.

The coach put me in goal, and back then, we were playing on bone-hard ground: red ash; we even trained on black ash, which was worse. That's not easy for a goalkeeper. My mother was always taking out her sewing kit for the countless holes in my training pants. For a long time, I had to buy my own gear.

It's difficult when you don't take part in team training and have to train alone.

Sometimes you can say it is boring being in goal, but what is important is I am in communication with the defence.

As for being the best goalkeeper in the world, it's been written occasionally, but I'd never say it myself.

Manuel Neuer quotes on famous players and football clubs

For the last part of this article, let’s take a look at the top quotes by Manuel Neuer about other football stars and teams, which include his comments on Lionel Messi, Franck Ribery and Jens Lehmann.

On Lionel Messi

I have a lot of respect for


and for everything that he has achieved. He is very humble. But it's crucial to show authority when we meet on the pitch and show him who's boss.

On Robert Lewandowski

Lewandowski is one of the world's best strikers.

On Franck Ribery

It's difficult to say you can replace

Franck Ribery

one on one with another player.

On Jens Lehmann

In Germany, Jens Lehmann was a model style for a German goalkeeper.

On Bayern Munich

Bayern are a club where success is demanded, and second place isn't particularly appreciated. We have a history and culture to respect.

The Bundesliga is a lucrative league, and in Germany, the best club is Bayern, and I wanted to play for the best club in Germany.

With Bayern, we want a lot of ball possession and to control the play, so I operate sometimes like the 11th outfield player. Thus I am included a lot into the build-up play and have a lot of touches of the ball.

At Bayern, I was used to coming out of my box to try and clear up dangerous situations. The World Cup was just another platform, so it gave other people the chance to see me who don't watch German football.

Winning the treble was confirmation for me that joining Bayern rather than moving abroad was the right decision.

FC Bayern are only my second club.

I love to compete with the very best. That's why I feel great at FC Bayern.

As players at Bayern, we're not interested in any boredom - we're interested in picking up three points each game.

On Manchester United

If you look at the history of

Manchester United

, they are always a big side, so there is no time of underestimating them.

On Schalke 04

Schalke are my club. I used to stand on the terraces as a fan, and I've realised my dream of making it as a pro right here at my club.

I took responsibility in Munich from the beginning. But I could not walk in with splayed elbows into the club and say, 'Here comes the Schalke captain.'

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