World Cup: Lionel Messi wins Golden Ball ahead of Thomas Muller; Manuel Neuer takes Golden Glove
Lionel Messi didn't win the 2014 World Cup, but he still came away with gold.
The Golden Ball.
The Argentine captain was named the best player of the tournament by the FIFA Technical Study Group ahead of Germany's Thomas Muller and Netherlands star winger Arjen Robben.
But not everyone was in agreement with it. Check out the comment by Mexican national team coach Miguel Herrera upon hearing the news:
Absurdo el balón de oro.....
— Miguel Herrera (@MiguelHerreraDT) July 13, 2014
The Golden Glove award for best goalkeeper was less controversial, going to German netminder Manuel Neuer, while the Golden Boot was stats based: The honor for top scorer was claimed by Colombia's James Rodriguez, who finished with six goals.