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