Manuel Peter Neuer (born March 27, 1986) is a professional footballer from Germany who currently plays as a goalkeeper and captain for FC Bayern Munich as well as the German national team.
Lauded as one of the best goalkeepers in the world, Neuer has earned that title after a repeated outstanding performance in top flight games that have seen his team defeat the odds to emerge victoriously.
We provide insightful details into the rise of the great sportsman to the great goalkeeper he is, in this Manuel Neuer biography facts, childhood, career, net worth and personal life.
The German was instrumental in his country’s success at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and thus for his performance, he earned a nomination in the final three for the 2014 FIFA Best Player of the Year Award, finishing third in the voting, an incredible feat for a goalkeeper.
Prior to that, he has shown exceptional abilities on the goal line and that has earned him lots of admiration and individual awards, which includes the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS) World’s Best Goalkeeper, which he won consecutively from 2013 to 2016. Without further ado, let us start with the quick facts.
Manuel Neuer Biography
- Full Name: Manuel Peter Neuer
- Nickname: Snapper; Manu
- Born: March 27, 1986 (age 33)
- Place of Birth: Gelsenkirchen, West Germany
- Nationality: German
- Occupation: Football (Soccer) Player
- Current Team: FC Bayern Munich
- Jersey Number: #1
- Playing Position: Goalkeeper
- Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
- Weight: 92 kg
- Strong Foot: Right
- Parents: Peter Neuer (father) – Marita Neuer (mother)
- Sibling: Marcel Neuer (Brother)
- Partner / Spouse: Nina Weiss (married 2017)
- Children: N/A
- Net Worth: $40 million USD
- Zodiac Sign: Aries
Manuel Neuer Childhood
Manuel Peter Neuer was born on March 27, 1986, to his parents, Peter Neuer (father) and Marita Neuer (mother) in Gelsenkirchen, West Germany.
At the tender age of 2, young “Neuer” began venturing into football, along with his elder brother, Marcel, they both played football to the extent that their studies suffered. As Neuer grew, his passion for football also grew.
Neuer had his educational start in life at Gesamtschule Berger Fled, but that didn’t hinder him from pursuing his interest, football.
He went on to enrol in Schalke academy at the age of 5. At Schalke, Neuer put up a brilliant performance which made the coaches train him to become a professional goalkeeper. At a really young age, it could be said that Neuer had the abilities of a professional level goalkeeper.
Manuel Neuer Professional Football Career
FC Schalke (2004 – 2011)
Neuer started his professional career at Schalke 04 II. After enrolling in the club in 2003, Never stayed till 2009. Despite being with the club since 2003, he signed his first professional contract with Schalke 04 II in 2005.
After making his Bundesliga debut in the 2005/06, Neuer became a regular starter for Schalke. Though young, Neuer put up an incredible performance for Schalke and thus made many see him as the future goalkeeper for the German National team.
In a UEFA Champions League match against Porto in March 2008, Neuer made remarkable saves as well as several saves in a penalty shootout which made his side progress to the next phase of the tournament.
For his laudable performance in the match, Neuer was the youngest goalkeeper and the only Bundesliga goalkeeper to be shortlisted for the UEFA Club Goalkeeper of the Year award in the 2007/08 season.
In 2009, Neuer played at the U-21 European Championship, and did remarkably well, this caught the attention of Bundesliga giant, Bayern Munich, who showed interest in the youngster.
But the move to Bayern did not happen until a season after. In his last season at Schalke, Neuer was made the captain of the team and led his team to the semi final of the UEFA Champions League as well as to the DFB Pokal final, which they won. After refusing to sign a contract extension with Schalke, he announced to the dismay of Schalke fans, his move to Bayern Munich.
FC Bayern Munich (2011 – date)
Neuer arrived at Bayern in the 2011/12 and signed a five-year contract with the club, but many Bayern Munich fans were unhappy with his signing and thus he was treated unfairly.
But after a discussion between fans representative and Bayern Munich, it was agreed that Neuer would be treated as a Bayern Munich player. He settled well in Bayern and went on to set a record for the most successful clean sheets in the history of the club after going 1000 minutes without conceding a goal.
He finished his first season with Bayern as first runner up in the Champions League.
His second season was great for him, as he won the 2012 DFL-Supercup and the UEFA Champions League. After losing the DFL-Supercup in the 2013/14 season, he helped his side win the UEFA Super Cup as well as the FIFA Club World Cup. He was also named the World Best Goalkeeper. He also made a remarkable save to help his country win the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
In his fourth season with Bayern, Neuer was named German Footballer of The Year and was included in the UEFA Team of the Year, as well as emerged third in the Ballon d’Or.
After losing the DFL-Supercup for three successive years, Neuer won the tournament in 2016. That season, he earned a place in the FIFA Team of the Year.
In 2017, Neuer was made the captain of Bayern Munich and the German National side, he led his team to an impressive run, continuing their win of the League’s title.
In the 2018/19 season, Neuer led his side to win the DFL-Supercup, the Bundesliga title which made it the 7th time he has won the title and the DFB-Pokal, his fifth time of winning the tournament.
Manuel Neuer International Career
Neuer first made his appearance for the German youth team in 2006 for the U-21 side, in a game against the Netherlands. He went on to represent the team at the U-21 European Championship in 2009.
Following the death of the German first choice goalkeeper and the injury of the second choice goalkeeper, Neuer was the first choice goalkeeper for the German side at the 2010 World Cup, the Euro 2012, the 2014 World Cup, which Germany won, the Euro 2016, the 2018 World Cup and the qualifiers for the Euro 2020.
Manuel Neuer Net Worth
Neuer has an estimated net worth of $40 million USD. His net worth is boosted by his endorsement deals with brands such as Adidas, Coca-Cola Zero, Sony, Mobile World 24, Die Monster Uni, Head & Shoulders and Mercedes Benz.
Manuel Neuer Wife
Neuer got married to his longtime sweetheart, Nina Weiss in 2017. Neuer is a Catholic and an avid supporter of charity works, he supports Catholic groups fighting child poverty. He also has a child foundation, a charity organization named Manuel Neuer Kids Foundation.
Neuer is thought to be gay for a statement he made which was misinterpreted by a publication in South America, and many Latinos believe he is gay, which he isn’t.
Neuer’s older brother, Marcel is a football referee in tier six of the German football league, the Verbandsliga.