Neuer urged to savour Ballon d'Or
Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola on Saturday urged his goalkeeper Manuel Neuer to savour the occasion at Monday's Ballon d'Or gala in Zurich, rather than worrying about winning the prize.
Speaking at Bayern's winter training camp in Doha, Qatar, Guardiola said: "I said to him exactly what I said to Franck Ribery last year. Don't go there to win but to savour it."
Guardiola added that Neuer should be "very proud...because it is very difficult" to make the three-man shortlist.
Germany's World Cup-winning goalkeeper joins habitual podium-dwellers Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi on the shortlist.