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Argentina’s Lionel Messi Wins FIFA Golden Ball Award for Best Player of World Cup 2014
Although he commented afterward that being honored as the best footballer in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil was not as important as winning the tournament trophy, superstar Lionel Messi was once again given top allocades for his consistant quality performance throughout the World Cup competition.
Messi also won four man of the match awards for individual clashes during the World Cup in addition to the coveted FIFA Golden Ball trophy.
James Rodríguez of Colombia was named winner of the Golden Boot as the tournament’s top scorer with six goals.
Manuel Neuer of Germany won the The Golden Glove award for the tournament’s outstanding goalkeeper.
France’s Paul Pogba was named the World Cup’s best young player.
Colombia were awarded the fair play trophy.
El Caliente was chosen from a short list of 10 players and the winner was announced on the eve of the final. Seven finalists were from either Argentina or Germany – the two titan national teams that competed in the World Cup 2014 Final that ended up Germany 1-0 Argentina.
Shortlist Golden Ball Nominees
Lionel Messi, Ángel di María and Javier Mascherano
Mats Hummels, Toni Kroos, Philipp Lahm and Thomas Müller
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