In a recent interview, Bayern Munich shot-stopper Manuel Neuer revealed the reason why he has never been afraid of facing Cristiano Ronaldo. In fact, the German no 1 actually loves facing the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.
Facing Ronaldo has been one of the most exciting aspects of Neuer’s goalkeeping career. As the best goal-scorer in football history, one would think a goalkeeper would be afraid of facing Ronaldo. However, the goalkeeper in question is also one of the most important goalies of the new century. That’s why he sees Ronaldo always as an exciting challenge for himself.
By our own grading, Ronaldo and Neuer’s encounter is always like the anime called Dragon Ball, that is when Goku was thoroughly excited to face his toughest opponents. It’s the same way that Manuel Neuer feels each time he faces Cristiano Ronaldo. Probably, this has been one of the highest compliments Ronaldo can get from anybody because goalkeepers have been his victims for many years and not many of them have such a mindset.
Manuel Neuer Reveals His Thought Process When Facing Ronaldo
While on an interview with Bayern Munich’s 51 Magazine, Manuel Neuer was quizzed about Cristiano Ronaldo’s ability to feel no fear when he sees the star coming towards him. It is a feeling almost no goalkeeper in the world gets, the sheer adrenaline and excitement:
“The difference is that I know Cristiano Ronaldo better than many others from our many duels. I’m not saying: ‘Oh, here comes Ronaldo, I must be scared.’
“Don’t get me wrong, I’m not keen on situations like this, I’m primarily thinking of the team, but if I can prove myself, I want to be there. The striker is the first defender, they always say – I think the goalkeeper should be the first attacker these days. The fact that I am practically an energy saver for the team in this way is one of many positive aspects to this side.”
Neuer is undeniably great and not too many goalkeepers would have this kind of mentality.