Bayern Munich and Germany captain Manuel Neuer hobbled to the podium to lift his fifth Bundesliga trophy at the Allianz Area in Munich  on Saturday afternoon; despite not playing in the match, Neuer donned his full goalkeeping kit for the celebration, minus the gloves. Following Bayern's 4-1 victory of SC Freiburg, the Bavarian side were finally able to lift their 27th league title in front of their fans. 

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Sidelined since April with a fractured foot, Neuer was unable to return for the final game of the season. However, the 2014 World Cup winner refused to let his injury stop him from joining in the Bundesliga title winning revelry. His left foot strapped up in a moon boot and wielding two crutches, the five-time UEFA Goalkeeper of the Year gamely soldiered on to join in the celebrations.

Just over five years ago in 2012, Chelsea won the Champions League against Bayern Munich, in Munich, a match in which Neuer was unable to prevent the Blues from winning the trophy via a penalty shoot-out. As Didier Drogba reeled away to the opposite end of the ground to celebrate with the travelling fans, club captain John Terry emerged dressed in his full playing kit, despite missing the match through suspension. 


Terry lifted the trophy with his teammates, despite not playing a part in the final. The Chelsea legend, who is set to leave the Blues at the end of this season, attracted a barrage of online abuse for his actions, as many fans questioned whether it was right for a suspended player to lift the trophy. Predictably, a host of hilarious internet memes began to surface, depicting Terry stealing the glory of numerous famous figures.


John Terry may well have felt he'd earned a full celebration of the trophy, having suffered the heartache of slipping on the sodden turf in Moscow in 2008, missing a shootout penalty that would have secured Chelsea the Champions League trophy. The former England captain played a key role in Chelsea's 2012 Champions League campaign, and was determined to celebrate the victory in his beloved royal blue kit.


Manuel Neuer took a leaf out of Terry's book, and his actions may also have been motivated by the honouring of two Bayern icons. Xabi Alonso is moving on after a terrific three seasons with the club, while captain Philipp Lahm is retiring after spending his entire career with Die Bayern, winning eight league titles and a Champions League trophy.