"Manuel Neuer is one of the most popular footballers, and since the World Cup he's been the most requested figure by our visitors," explained museum director Sandra Schmalzried, who expressed regret at being unable to honour the entire Germany squad, adding: "but at 200,000 euros ($267,921, �160,235) per player, it's not possible".

The Bayern Munich 'keeper, who was voted his country's player of the year in a poll conducted by German football magazine Kicker, will be subjected to a series of measurements and photographs before a team of 20 experts begin a four-month project on the model in London.

Neuer's wax likeness will join that of another former Bayern and Germany goalkeeping legend Oliver Kahn as well as those of Mesut Ozil and Jurgen Klinsmann in the Berlin museum.