Lionel Messi won the golden ball award despite not scoring in the final © Getty Images
Lionel Messi won the golden ball award despite not scoring in the final © Getty Images

Rio de Janeiro: July 14, 2014

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 on 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. The 27-year-old appeared in all seven of the team’s matches, scoring four goals and chipping in with an assist.

Other players in the running for the award were Arjen Robben (Netherlands), Neymar (Brazil), Rodriguez (Colombia) and Thomas Mueller (Germany). Meanwhile, thanks to his tally of six goals Rodriguez took home the Golden Boot, while last year’s winner 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.

The Silver Ball was won by Muller (Germany), while the Bronze Ball was won by Robben (Netherlands), with Neymar (Brazil) picking up the Bronze Boot. Paul Pogba (France) took home the Young Player Award, while the FIFA Fair Play Trophy was won by Colombia.