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Golden Ball for Messi and Golden Gloves for Neuer

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Maracana:The Argentinean striker and captain Lionel Messi has been awarded ‘Golden Ball’ after being declared to be the best player of the tournament while Germany’s goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, who saved certain shots to ensure his team in winning the final against Argentina with 1-0 to win the title at Maracana is named as tournament’s top goalkeeper.

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Messi, who has been declared as player of the year for four-times, could not hit the mark for his team to win the Sunday’s final, was the main force in caring Argentina to avail the opportunity of a World Cup win after 24 years.

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Lionel Messi scored four of their six goals in the group stage, 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. He also won four successive man-of-the-match awards in group matches.

Germany’s forward Thomas Mueller was runner-up to Messi and Netherlands winger Arjen Robben was third. Mueller also came runner-up behind Rodriquez for the Golden Boot award. The Germany forward finished with five goals, one behind the Colombian. France midfielder Paul Pogba was considered as the youngest player of the tournament, while Colombia took the Fair Play Award after receiving just five yellow cards in five matches that also appreciated by FIFA over positive play and the behavior of their players and officials.

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