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Buffon hails 'the best modern goalkeeper' Neuer

Goal.com logo Goal.com 20-03-2017

Gianluigi Buffon has heaped praise on Manuel Neuer, calling the Bayern Munich man one the greatest modern goalkeepers.

The Juventus goalkeeper, himself one of the position's all-time greats, was effusive in his praise of the 30-year-old shot-stopper.

"Grandissimo, simply great," Buffon told Kicker of the German international.

"[Neuer is] physically strong and confident. He gives his team calmness with his aura, is great with the ball on his feet and makes impossible saves."

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Neuer has pioneered the "sweeper-keeper" role, which he demonstrated most notably during Germany's run to the 2014 World Cup title.

Buffon, whose Juventus side will face Barcelona in the Champions League quarter-finals, said the five-time UEFA Goalkeeper of the Year belongs in a category of his own.

"He has his own era," Buffon said. "[Neuer is] the best one in the category 'modern 'keeper' for years."

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