Neuer beats Ronaldo and Federer to global sport prize

The Bayern goalkeeper has been voted European and World Sportsman of the Year after his efforts for club and country and his behaviour towards the media

Manuel Neuer has been voted European and World Sportsman of the Year by two esteemed panels of journalists.

The Germany international followed up Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal and World Cup glory in 2014 by clinching another domestic title with Bayern Munich this year, and came third in the race for the latest Ballon d’Or prize.

The 29-year-old has now been named the recipient of two prizes voted for by the Association of European Sports Journalists (UEPS) and International Sports Journalists (AIPS).

UEPS president Yannis Daras presented Neuer the trophy and stated:  “This is the result of his great performances, his fairness, his influence on the pitch and his behaviour towards the media.”

Neuer himself thanked his team-mates at both Bayern and Germany, adding: “I would not have done it without these guys.”

Seventeen-time grand slam tennis champion Rodger Federer came second in both polls, while current world No.1 Novak Djokovic came third in the European vote.

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo was third in the international poll.

Neuer is only the third footballer to win the European prize, after Michel Platini in 1984 and Lothar Matthaus in 1990.