World Cup - Messi named player of the tournament

Lionel Messi has scooped the Golden Ball despite his Argentina side losing 1-0 to Germany in the World Cup final.

World Cup - Messi named player of the tournament

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Lionel Messi.

The four-times world player of the year had a quiet game by his standards against Germany but scored four of his team's six goals in the group stage.

He also set up Angel di Maria's winner in the last 16 against Switzerland and shouldered the burden of slotting home Argentina's first penalty in their shootout win over the Netherlands in the semi-finals.

But Mario Goetze grabbed a superb extra-time winner as Germany denied Messi the opportunity to add the World Cup to his list of honours.


James Rodriguez, the Golden Boot winner for the tournament’s top scorer, was also among the candidates, as were Barca pair Neymar and Javier Mascherano.

German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer received the Golden Glove as best goalkeeper.

Juventus midfielder Pogba beat France teammate Raphael Varane and Memphis Depay of the Netherlands to be voted best young player of the World Cup.

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