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')

Jose Mourinho: 'Lionel Messi still an all-time great'

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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Jose Mourinho is adamant that Lionel Messi will still go down as one of the greatest players to have played the game despite Argentina's loss in the World Cup final.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has insisted that Lionel Messi's reputation as one of the greatest players of all time remains intact despite Argentina's defeat in the World Cup final.

The 27-year-old missed a glorious chance to fire his side ahead in the second half of their loss to Germany at the Maracana, and that was to cost La Albiceleste as Mario Gotze found the net in extra time to fire Joachim Low's men to the title.

Despite his below-par performance the Portuguese is adamant that Messi will still go down as one of the all-time greats.

"It's easy to respect him when he has won but when he has lost, it's not so easy," Mourinho told Yahoo Sport.

"He is still a historical player. He does not need to be world champion to be a historical player, especially in this last decade.

"For me Pele is Pele and Maradona is Maradona. It's not for me to compare players from different generations. Maybe because he is from the same generation as when I was born - for me Maradona is Maradona."

Messi won the Golden Ball on Sunday as recognition for producing the best performances at the World Cup.

Should Messi have been awarded the Golden Ball award?

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Mario Goetze of Germany (C) celebrates scoring his team's first goal in extra time with teammates Thomas Mueller, Andre Schuerrle and Toni Kroos on July 13, 2014
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