Neuer not at Buffon's level, says Zoff

The former Italy goalkeeper has been impressed by the Bayern Munich and Germany star's exploits in recent years but insists that he is not the best in the world just yet
Italy legend Dino Zoff believes Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer still has some work to do if he is to reach Juventus icon Gianluigi Buffon's level.

The 71-year-old feels that the Germany international is already one of the best shot-stoppers in the world but argues that the Azzurri star remains in a league of his own for now.

"Neuer is definitely one of the best goalkeepers around in Europe at the moment," Zoff was quoted as saying by TZ ahead of Friday's international friendly between the two countries.

"He has proven his worth time and time again over the past few years.

"However, he still misses a number of titles in order to reach Gigi Buffon's level.

"I have no doubt that Neuer will get there in the end, though. He is still very young for a goalkeeper."

The 27-year-old Neuer has been in sublime form for Bayern so far this term, keeping six clean sheets in 12 Bundesliga appearances.