World football’s governing body has announced the candidates for the position of goalkeeper in this year’s dreamteam
Manuel Neuer, Iker Casillas, Thibaut Courtois, Gianluigi Buffon and Claudio Bravo have made the five-man shortlist for the Fifa FIFPro World XI 2014.
The Bayern Munich man won the Bundesliga title and DFB Pokal with the Bavarians before he was crowned world champion with Germany during the summer.
Casillas, meanwhile, was second choice in La Liga last term, but was Madrid’s No.1 in the Champions League and Copa del Rey, with the Santiago Bernabeu side winning both competitions.
Courtois played a key role in Atletico’s La Liga title, while Buffon was Juventus’ man between the sticks as they secured yet another Serie A title.
Bravo earned himself a move to Barcelona with his fine performances for Real Sociedad and impressed at the World Cup with Chile.
The Fifa FIFPro World XI involves votes from tens of thousands professional footballers worldwide.
They select one goalkeeper, four defenders, three midfielders and three forwards.
Neuer was last year’s Fifa FIFPro World XI goalkeeper, while Casillas won the vote in the preceding five years.