2) Manuel Neuer (Germany)
Despite several claims about his lack of fitness, Neuer made a successful return from a long term injury against Austria last week. Though the Germans lost the match but Neuer’s presence and performance was a huge plus for Low’s men. The Sweeper keeper exudes confidence and a fit Neuer is more than just a goalkeeper. His antics in Brazil was one of the reasons behind Germany’s unprecedented success. Die Mannschafft are certainly not the same force but the Germans have made a name for performing admirably when the going gets difficult. Neuer will play a crucial role in such situations with his confidence, ability and personality.