Sergi Roberto: 'Lionel Messi deserved FIFA award'

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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Barcelona midfielder Sergi Roberto claims that Lionel Messi deserved to win FIFA's Golden Ball award for the best player at the World Cup.

Barcelona midfielder Sergi Roberto believes that Lionel Messi was a deserving winner of the World Cup's Golden Ball award.

The Argentina forward was a surprise recipient of the accolade for the best player at the Brazil tournament, but Roberto said that his Barca teammate was given the honour correctly.

He told reporters: "I saw Messi at the World Cup as the same as in this past year, the best in the world.

"The award is deserved and the criticism is unfair, he wanted to win the World Cup and he deserves maximum respect. He has given a lot to this club and Argentina."

Argentina were beaten in the final 1-0 by Germany.

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