Zurich: Manuel Neuer is philosophical over missing out on the Ballon d'Or but hinted it would be tough for a goalkeeper to win the prestigious award.

Manuel Neuer
Manuel Neuer 

The Bayern Munich and Germany shot-stopper finished third in the overall result, behind winner Cristiano Ronaldo and second-placed Lionel Messi.

Asked whether he was disappointed with the result, Neuer admitted in quotes on the German Football Association's (DFB) official website: "I was always aware that it was going to be difficult to beat the strikers.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi made their mark on world football last year. As a goalkeeper it's more difficult to do that.

When a game of football is on, the first thing that anyone asks is who scored the goals and not about how the goalkeeper has performed. I don't think that'll change."