Having played 100 games fewer than Der Titan, Neuer's formidable record will stand the test of time
|Manuel Neuer.||Photo: Steffen Prößdorf, CC BY-SA 4.0|
Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has set an impressive new record that will take quite some time to better. He overcame German legend Oliver Kahn’s record of 196 clean sheets in Bayern’s 4-0 thrashing of his boyhood club Schalke 04.
The 34-year-old made couple of crucial saves to deny Mark Uth and Suat Serder in the Veltins Arena. After the match, Neuer made his thoughts known to Sky and was empathetic to Schalke’s current plight, saying: “I hope Schalke stay in the league and manage to turn the tide."
With his 197 clean sheets, Manuel Neuer becomes the most successful football player between the posts in German top flight. He equaled Der Titan’s record in the 1-0 victory over Augsburg and did one better the next match day.
The 2020 FIFA goalkeeper of the year took 423 matches to record 197 clean sheets and overtake former Karlsruher SC and Bayern Munich No.1 Oliver Kahn, who reached the 196 mark having played 557 games.
He also holds a stellar clean sheet percentage of 46.6%, compared to Oliver Kahn with 35.2% and the legendary Oliver Reck at 37.4%.