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Manuel Neuer is world's best, says Brazil legend

Neuer celebrating Bayern's win over Chelsea (©GettyImages)
Neuer celebrating Bayern's win over Chelsea (©GettyImages).

Former Brazil goalkeeper, Claudio Taffarel has told Sport Bild that he believes Manuel Neuer to have overtaken Iker Casillas as the world's best goalkeeper.

The World Cup winner, who now coaches at Galatasaray, said that Casillas is now 'past his best' while Neuer continues to get better.

Casillas lost his starting role at Real Madrid to Diego Lopez after a falling out with Jose Mourinho but continues to find himself out of the starting job under new boss, Carlo Ancelotti. However, he continues to be Spain's starting 'keeper ahead of Barcelona's Victor Valdes and Manchester United's David de Gea.

"For me, Neuer is the best goalkeeper in the world at the moment. Casillas is past his best, whereas Neuer is still getting better."

Taffarel gave rave reviews of the Champions League winner Neuer, stating that he's even better than Bayern and Germany legend, Oliver Khan.

"The way he plays as a goalkeeper and his technique are extraordinary. Not just in possession, but mainly how he parries and catches shots," gushed Taffarel.

"Someone like Oliver Kahn never had this kind of technique. Kahn was a great goalkeeper, but Germany have had better shot stoppers."

"Neuer is definitely better than Kahn was. I've known for years that he would become an impressive goalkeeper."

Last season would have helped Taffarel's claim that Neuer is the world's best, as he was number one for a Bayern team that not only won Europe's premier competition, but swept the board at home to complete a historic treble.

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