Buenos Aires: Argentina's media summed up the national mood as crestfallen but proud Monday after the extra-time defeat to Germany in the World Cup final, coming heartbreakingly close to their third title. (Lionel Messi did not deserve the golden ball, says Maradona)
"Heart of champions" read the headline on sports daily Ole's website, with a full-page photo of midfielder Javier Mascherano embracing national hero Lionel Messi, who won the Golden Ball award for best player of the tournament. (Highlights)
"The dream is over. Argentina confronted a powerful Germany head-on, fought hard and created great chances," it wrote. "We lost the final 1-0, but we gave everything we had and returned to the (World Cup) podium after 24 years."