Bayern Munich sporting director Matthias Sammer believes that Manuel Neuer can "shape an era" in the same fashion as Oliver Kahn.
The 27-year-old shot-stopper was on Tuesday named the World's Best Goalkeeper by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS).
Neuer is the first German to earn the honour since Kahn, who claimed the last of his three awards in 2002, and Sammer sees obvious parallels between the pair.
“Manuel Neuer being voted best keeper is logical and reasonable, because he’s a complete goalkeeper," the legendary sweeper is quoted as saying by Bayern's official website.
"He’s a leader here at the club. He’s also an exceptional human being and an extraordinary character.
“In terms of his age, Manuel is at a stage in his career where he could shape an era, just like Oliver Kahn."
Neuer, meanwhile, revealed that he has been left humbled by the IFFHS accolade and the reaction of his Bayern team-mates to the news.
“They gave me a big round of applause before training," he revealed. "They all congratulated me.
“But I’m even more pleased about the trophies we won together [in 2013]. I’m a team player.
“But it’s really massive and I’m greatly honoured. However, it’s all thanks to the team in the first place, so I want to say a big thank you to everyone who’s supported and coached me.”