Nothing Can Console me, Says Devastated Lionel Messi After World Cup Final defeat

Lionel Messi won the FIFA World Cup 2014 Golden Ball but the Argentine captain said losing the final against Germany was a massive blow.

updated: July 15, 2014 14:33 IST
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Lionel Messi reacts after Argentina's loss in World Cup 2014 final


When he walked up to receive the Golden Ball on Sunday night at Rio's Maracana Stadium, Lionel Messi's glum face said it all. The Golden Ball is given to the FIFA World Cup's most influential player, but deep within, the talismanic Messi knew he had failed to inspire Argentina in the all-important night against Germany. (Argentina receive heroes' welcome at home)

The Golden Ball to Messi has created a lot of controversy. Even FIFA president Sepp Blatter said he was surprised to see Messi winning it. Diego Maradona has been extremely critical, too. (Argentina press lauds 'heart of champions')

"Messi?" said Maradona, "I would give him heaven if possible. But it's not right when someone wins something that he shouldn't have won, just because of some marketing plan." (Pope Francis skipper World Cup final to stay 'neutral')

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