FIFA Ballon d’Or’s likely candidate Manuel Neuer took a dig at his competitor to win the individual award Cristiano Ronaldo. The Goalie believes that he still has a chance of winning the Ballon d’Or, despite not having brand awareness like Cristiano Ronaldo has with his underwear range.
The Bayern Munich goalkeeper is one of a genuine candidate to win the award, as he won the Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal titles before getting the big prize in the form of 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil in July.
He faces stiff competition from the Champions League winner Ronaldo, however, who is hoping to pick up the individual accolade for the second consecutive year.
When asked about the effect of the Real Madrid forward’s image on the voting, Neuer admitted that while it is more difficult to get noticed when playing in his position he will keep to his efforts on the pitch.
“I am an athlete, no ambassador of a brand, besides being the first goalkeeper of Adidas. I’m not the sort of person who poses in their underwear. I hate the red carpet, I prefer the green grass. I feel better on the pitch, trying to improve myself. After the games the highlights show mostly the goals, scoring chances, assists. The spectator tends not to remember that as a goalkeeper I make difficult saves at great risk and start moves with my efforts.” he told kicker.