Manuel Neuer pulls off Cruyff turn in Germany's win against Norway

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Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is widely regarded as one of the world's best goalkeepers, for his phenomenal shot-stopping and arguably transforming the role of the sweeper-keeper.

The 30-year-old helped his country to become the first European nation to win the World Cup in South America, beating Argentina 1-0 in the final in Brazil in 2014. Whilst he has also won four successive Bundesliga titles with Bayern Munich.

But despite already having earned the respect and praise of fellow goalkeepers around the world, and his teammates, the 30-year-old gave another 'alternative' reason as to why there should be no doubt he is currently the best goalkeeper in the world.


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Although World Cup qualifiers can see Europe's biggest national sides, like Germany, pitted against international minnows, like Norway, they are games the world's biggest national sides must take seriously.

However, for a brief moment in Germany's comfortable 3-0 qualifying win against Norway, Neuer seemingly forgot to recognise the importance of the match. Instead, deciding to pull of a move that the late Holland international, Johan Cruyff, created back in 1974.

Perhaps the Bayern shot stopper, for a moment, considered himself as an outfield player. Although, it is much more likely to be down to the Germany goalkeeper's supreme confidence and ability.

Discussions about ball-playing goalkeepers have been a hot topic in the Premier League of late, with Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola allowing first choice 'keeper Joe Hart to leave, in favour of Barcelona's Claudio Bravo, who is much more confident at playing the ball out of the back with his feet.

The first outfield goalkeeper?

Neuer is not just simply a goalkeeper, but more of a defender himself - often found charging off his line to make last-ditch clearances. 

Many players have found themselves plying their trade in their professional career away from their favoured position as a child - for example, Fernando Torres was a goalkeeper before becoming a high-profile goalscorer for Atletico Madrid and Liverpool - and from Neuer's skills against Norway, perhaps it was a similar story for the German, too.

However, it is highly unlikely that Joachim Low or Carlo Ancelotti will be sticking their number one goalkeeper out on the wing any time soon.

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