Lionel Messi is the new holder of the Golden Ball, the award for World Cup best player, voted by the representatives of the media after FIFA committee generated a shortlist.
Despite not managing to lead Argentina to the title like Diego Maradona did in 1986, and despite suffering from extreme fatigue for some time now, Lionel Messi was voted to get the award.
Messi scored four goals in this tournament but didn't score a single one in the knockout stage, and recorded one assist. Messi is taking the Golden Ball from Diego Forlan (Uruguay), who was voted the best player in the 2010 World Cup, Uruguay finishing fourth.
The other main candidates were Arjen Robben and Thomas Muller, and both could feel a bit upset that the award went to Messi. Robben in particular played better seven matches than Messi did, and was the most consistent player in the tournament.