Neuer not at Buffon's level, says Zoff

The former Italy shot-stopper has taken the time to praise the former Schalke star, but insists he’s not the best in the world just yet

Italy legend Dino Zoff believes Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer still has some work to do if he is to reach Juventus shot stopper Gianluigi Buffon’s level.

Zoff feels the Germany international is already one of the best shot-stoppers in the world, but has stressed that the Azzurri icon remains in a league of his own for now.

“Neuer is definitely one of the best goalkeepers around in Europe at the moment,” Zoff was quoted as saying by TZ ahead of Friday’s international friendly between Cesare Prandelli’s side and Joachim Low’s men.

“He has proven his worth time and time again over the past few years.

“However, he still misses a number of titles in order to reach Gigi Buffon’s level.

“I have no doubt that Neuer will get there in the end, though. He is still very young for a goalkeeper.”

The 27-year-old Neuer has been in sublime form for Bayern so far this term, keeping six clean sheets in 12 Bundesliga appearances.