Manuel Neuer, the captain of Bayern Munich and goalkeeper for Germany, is widely acknowledged as one of the best goalkeepers ever due to his innovative playing style and remarkable ability to swiftly anticipate opponents outside the penalty area by racing off his line. He has been honored with numerous accolades, including the Golden Glove at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the IFFHS award for greatest goalkeeper of the decade (2011-2020), among others.
Despite being straight, Neuer is a vocal advocate for LGBT rights. He was formerly married to actress Nina Weiss, but they separated in 2020. Neuer’s rise to legendary status in football began during his time at Schalke 04.
Is Manuel Neuer Gay Or Straight?
Although Manuel Neuer identifies as straight, he is a vocal supporter of the LGBT community, as evidenced by his decision to wear an armband sporting the rainbow colors during a recent match.
Manuel Neuer’s statement expressing support for a professional football player to come out publicly was wrongly translated, leading a South American publication to falsely assume that he himself was gay. This misinformation was subsequently picked up by numerous media outlets and has been widely accepted in certain Latin American nations. During a World Cup match in 2018, Mexican fans were fined for directing homophobic chants toward Neuer when he had the ball.
Neuer has expressed his support for such a move, believing it could enhance the well-being of openly gay players in the sport.
Know About Manuel Neuer’s Career
Manuel Neuer began his professional career in 2005 after progressing through the youth ranks at his hometown club, Schalke 04. Although he did not feature in the starting lineup during the 2005-06 season, he still managed to win the 2005 DFL-Ligapokal as an unused substitute.
Neuer made his professional debut for Schalke in the second match of the 2006-07 Bundesliga season when he replaced the injured Frank Rost as a substitute. He then unexpectedly found himself as the starting goalkeeper against reigning champions Bayern Munich when Rost was benched, and at just 20 years old, he held them to a 2-2 draw.
Manuel Neuer Personal Life
Manuel Neuer was previously in a relationship with Kathrin Gilch until 2014. He then began a relationship with Nina Weiss in 2015 and the couple got married in a civil ceremony in Tannheim, Austria on May 21, 2017. They had a church wedding at the Cathedral of Santissima della Madia in Monopoli, Italy on June 10 of the same year. However, Neuer and Weiss separated in early 2020, and he has since started dating Anika Bissel.