July 13, 2014; Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL; Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer (1) blocks a shot by Argentina forward Lionel Messi (10) in the championship match of the 2014 World Cup at Maracana Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Groothuis/Witters Sport via USA TODAY Sports

Why Lionel Messi Deserved The Golden Ball Award And James Rodriguez Didn’t


There has been a lot of debate after the award of Golden Ball to Lionel Messi after the World Cup final on Sunday. Some saying that the Argentinian being less deserving than Colombia’s own James Rodriguez.

Those people are wrong and let me tell you why. Lionel Messi is definitely deserving of the trophy. He scored four goals, got four man of the match awards and led his team to the World Cup final no less. No one battered an eyelid when they gave it to Zidane in 2006 for less, why then when it is Messi.

Sure, he faltered in the final stages and didn’t have the best final, but he captained a good team to a difficult final overcoming some tough teams in the process. Lets not forget that he did score the winning goals in two of the three group games, and assisted the winner against Switzerland in the second round.

But we should turn our attention to why James Rodriguez doesn’t deserve the Golden Ball. Yes, he did score six goals, and scored in every game he played. But, the goals he scored were against very poor teams. He played Greece, Ivory Coast, Japan, Uruguay without Suarez, and an under performing Brazilian side.

You may argue that he scored one of the goals of the tournament! My response is simple. So did Tim Cahill of Australia. Is he deserving of the Golden Ball? I don’t think so. He played well against a bunch of teams who aren’t the best, or were not playing at their full potential.

So, to close, Lionel Messi was the best footballer at the World Cup and was fully deserving of the Golden Ball trophy. And even if he wasn’t, James Rodriguez would not be first, second, third or even fourth choice.

But what do you think? Should Lionel Messi have won the Golden Ball, and if not, who should have? Let me know by commenting below.

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  • tms369

    “the goals he(James) scored were against very poor teams. He played Greece, Ivory Coast, Japan, Uruguay without Suarez, and an under performing Brazilian side.”
    You dense mofo. Expect some of these nations’ patriots verbally lashing out on you. Anyway Messi scored against what?- Iran, Bosnia&Herzigovina and what was the other one? Madagascar?
    Anyway I would have liked to add more points but this article is utter doo-doo.

  • Tucker Maggio

    I totally agree with you. Without the incredible performances by Messi in the group stage there is a very strong chance that they could not have even made it out of their weak group. Higuain, Aguero and DiMaria were all very sub par for the majority of the tournament, leaving Messi to do everything by himself. Messi basically took Argentina single handedly to the finals, which James was unable to do. You could even argue that James had a better team around him during the World Cup.

    • Kevin KM

      everything by himself during group stages and playing weak teams and disappeared during knockout stages* you forgot to add

  • karlben02

    Jamesss!!!!!!!

  • Kevin KM

    Why are you comparing messi’s world cup to zidane’s this is a totally different world cup(compare messi to players of this world cup) and if youre gonna say james “played with weak teams is utter bull.. Messi also had easy teams Iran, Bosnia and nigeria? even with that james had a better group stages and doesnt have the star studded team messi has you m..messi is the beat ball player YES!!!! But he didnt deserve the golden ball… Millions of other fans were surprised and surely agree with me

  • srpcel7

    Yeah, this comparison to Zidane is not even close. It’s not even apples and oranges it’s apples and planets. Not even in the same ballpark. Zidane was mercurial…and only undone by his temper. Messi did just barely enough to scrape by. Messi did play well, there’s no doubt, but we’re talking about player of the tournament. Messi’s performances in the group stage were not incredible. They were adequate for his standards and for Argentine standards. The Golden Ball goes to the guy who put his team on his shoulders and led them, whether or not they won the whole tournament, or even made it to the final. Messi was just an average Messi, in spite of his teammates not really helping him out. Aguero was nursing injury, di Maria was just not in good form, Higuain was okay, but he’s never really looked that comfortable up front for Arg. The central midfield for Arg was average, in fact I’d call them below average. It also makes for difficult tactics when you play 2 strikers and a deep-lying forward (Messi), and an attacking winger (di Maria) all at the same time. Who do you feed? How do you create space and who’s going to dictate the play. No one could really do that for ARG. Tevez was left off the squad (unfortunately) and his incredible work rate and skill on the ball were dearly missed. He may be a piece of work, but he certainly is a workhorse on the pitch.

    Anyway, the Golden Ball really should have gone to James Rodriguez. He was phenomenal and carried his team on his back as deep in the tournament as he could. Everyone had counted Colombia out because Radamel Falcao was injured, and James proved to everyone how good a player he is, and what their team was capable of. I think that’s way more deserving than the 2nd best player in the world having a mediocre day at the office.