Jul 13, 2014 at 8pm UK at ​Maracana, Rio de Janeiro
Germany
1-0
Argentina
Gotze (113')
Schweinsteiger (29'), Howedes (34')
FT(HT: 0-0)

Mascherano (64'), Aguero (65')

Stan Collymore: 'Lionel Messi Golden Ball award disgraceful'

Lionel Messi of Argentina (R) looks dejected after a goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Maracana on July 13, 2014
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Stan Collymore criticises football governing body FIFA's decision to award Argentina's Lionel Messi with the Golden Ball award.

Former England international Stan Collymore has criticised FIFA's 'disgraceful' decision to name Lionel Messi as the World Cup's best player.

The Argentina forward played a crucial role in his side's run to the final, scoring four goals and recording one assist.

However, Messi struggled to truly impress against Germany in the showpiece decider on Sunday night, as the Europeans saw off their opponents with a 1-0 victory after extra time.

"His performance was poor tonight," Collymore told talkSPORT. "We've seen him three or four times now in the flesh and he's been poor in all of them, bar several trademark runs which I think masks a lot.

"It's an absolute disgrace giving him the Golden Ball tonight. You look at players like James Rodriguez, even players like Chile's Alexis Sanchez and Manuel Neuer [who deserve it more].

"He wasn't even the best player in the Argentina side tonight or over the tournament, [Javier] Mascherano gets that vote for me."

Meanwhile, Manuel Neuer was rewarded for a fine tournament display with the Golden Glove accolade, while Paul Pogba won the Young Player Award.

Should Messi have been awarded the Golden Ball award?

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Germany's goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and Argentina's forward and captain Lionel Messi hold their respective trophies of 'Golden Glove' and 'Golden Ball' during a presentation ceremony after the final football match between Germany and Argentina for the FIFA
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