Yesterday, Messi was awarded the Golden Ball by fans: a title given to the best player in the World Cup. Messi received his award with disappointment etched on his face as critics wondered if he deserved the award, or if fans had given it to him in light of his superstardom.
“None of this was Messi’s fault, really. He certainly didn’t ask to be honored in defeat. As he sadly accepted his little MVP trophy at Estadio do Maracana, Messi, 27, must have known that this probably had been his last opportunity to win a World Cup title and almost certainly his best chance to make Argentines fall in love with him the way they still adore and immortalize Diego Maradona,” The New York Daily News reported.
While Messi was widely regarded as the savior of Argetina’s team, he was unable to deliver during the game against Germany. Spectacular player as he has been, sports critics view other players, “most notably, James Rodriguez of Colombia and Arjen Robben of Holland,” according to the source.
Yet fans stick by Messi saying he was a large contributor to Argentina’s success in the World Cup. After all, Argentina advanced further in this tournament than at any World Cup since 1990. Messi has already entered the pantheon of soccer champions and his latest performance is not to be disregarded either.