Messi wins World Cup Golden Ball award

2014-07-13 23:17:33 GMT2014-07-14 07:17:33(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

RIO DE JANEIRO, July 13 (Xinhua) -- Argentine star Lionel Messi won FIFA's Golden Ball award here on Sunday.

Germany won 1-0 with substitute forward Mario Gotze scoring the winner in the 113rd minute.

Barcelona forward Messi beat off competition from German's Mats Hummels, Toni Kroos, Philipp Lahm and Thomas Muller, teammates Angel Di Maria and Javier Mascherano, as well as Brazil's Neymar, Netherlands winger Arjen Robben and James Rodriguez of Colombia, who were all named on the shortlist.

Messi became the best player of the 2014 World Cup with four goals and one assist to help his nation to their first World Cup final since 1990.

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