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')

Lionel Messi: "I do not care about the Golden Ball"

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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Lionel Messi claims that his World Cup Player of the Tournament award means nothing after Argentina's 1-0 defeat to Germany in the final.

Argentina star Lionel Messi was unmoved after winning the World Cup's Player of the Tournament award.

The Barcelona forward was given the 'Golden Ball' after La Albiceleste's 1-0 defeat in Sunday's final, and Messi admitted that the award meant little to him after their extra-time loss.

The Telegraph quotes him as saying: "I am very angry at the way we lost, so close to the penalties, especially as we had the best chances. I do not care about the 'Golden Ball'. I am just upset by the wasted chances.

"We had the best chances, with Gonzalo Higuain, mine and Rodrigo Palacios. We knew we could not dominate the game but we knew what we wanted to do.

"I'm very hurt at not being able to bring the Cup to Argentina."

Messi scored four goals during the World Cup.

James Rodriguez of Colombia celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil round of 16 match between Colombia and Uruguay at Maracana on June 28, 2014
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