FIFA World Cup: Messi wins Golden Ball, Rodriguez takes Golden Boot
Argentina captain Lionel Messi was named the Golden Ball winner while Colombian sensation James Rodriguez won the Golden Boot award for the 2014 FIFA World Cup here Sunday
Rio de Janeiro: Argentina captain Lionel Messi was named the Golden Ball winner while Colombian sensation James Rodriguez won the Golden Boot award for the 2014 FIFA World Cup here Sunday.
Argentina lost 0-1 in extra time to Germany in the final at the Marcana stadium here Sunday.
Messi failed to get on the scorsheet but the voters still thought he was the best player in the tournament.
Lionel Messi. Pic/ AFP
The 27-year-old appeared in all seven of the team's matches, scoring four goals and chipping in an assist.
Other players in the running for the award were Arjen Robben (Netherlands), Neymar (Brazil), James Rodriguez (Colombia) and Thomas Mueller (Germany).
Meanwhile, thanks to his tally of six goals Rodriguez took home the Golden Boot with last year’s winner Thomas Muller, who scored five goals, won the Silver Boot.
German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, who was beaten just four times in the tournament and kept clean sheets in the quarterfinal and the final, won the Golden Glove award.
The 27-year-old Bayern Munich keeper beat off competition from Argentina’s Sergio Romero and Costa Rica star Keylor Navas.
Golden Ball: Lionel Messi (Argentina)
Silver Ball: Thomas Muller (Germany)
Bronze Ball: Arjen Robben (Netherlands)
Golden Boot: James Rodriguez (Colombia)
Silver Boot: Thomas Muller (Germany)
Bronze Boot: Neymar (Brazil)
Golden Glove: Manuel Neuer (Germany)
Young Player Award: Paul Pogba (France)
FIFA Fair Play Trophy: Colombia