Manuel Neuer has entered an exclusive club at Bayern Munich with the 31-year-old becoming only the fourth goalkeeper to be named permanent captain at the Bavarian giants.
The custodian takes the armband from Philipp Lahm, who retired at the end of the club’s 2016/17 championship winning campaign. Heading into his seventh season with Bayern, former Schalke shot-stopper Neuer has become one of his team’s most experienced stars, racking up 187 Bundesliga appearances with his current side and winning five top-flight titles along with the 2013 UEFA Champions League.
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The man nicknamed ‘The Wall,” joins some elite company as captain of Bayern, with former goalkeeping giants Sepp Maier, Raimond Aumann and Oliver Kahn having also held the privileged role in the past.
Neuer also assumed the captaincy of Germany following the international retirements of Lahm and Bastian Schweinsteiger. The Gelsenkirchen native is continuing his recovery from the broken metatarsal he sustained in the Champions League quarter-finals last April and is confident of being fit in time for the start of the new Bundesliga campaign.