A Worthy Winner?
Lionel Messi is a truly exceptional footballer, at his best and on his day you could sit and watch him all day long could you not?
He, pretty much, for the most part of the world cup single handed carried Argentina through to the knockout stages and into the quarter finals - it was that quarter final that it seems took so much out of him...
Messi showed flashes of brilliance in the semi final and final but not enough to inspire Argentina to glory and add the ultimate insult to their rivals Brazil of winning the world cup in their backyard.
Every ounce of effort, commitment and desire was again shown by the genius but it was not enough on Sunday...
Did Messi, who scored some cracking goals and as said almost alone at times - Javier Mascherano aside - carried Argentina through, deserve the Golden Ball as the best player at the world cup?
His manager Alejandro Sabella felt so, but others were not so convinced.
Messi, as you can understand, was not best pleased with the award at the time: 'the truth is it doesn't interest me at this moment.
'We wanted to win the World Cup for all the people in Argentina and we couldn't do it.
'We tried, but we didn't have the luck we had in other games.'
Facts are that once the dust has settled this is another honour that he can add to the trophy cabinet and another box in a remarkable career that has been checked off - will he ever go on to achieve that 'immortality' that it is thought you can only manage by winning a world cup?
You would think he has at least one more in him, but at 31 in 2018 you would also think that he will not be able to 'carry a team' again...
As much as I rate Messi, as much as I enjoy watching him play and as much of a likable guy he seems to be I do not agree that he was the best player at the world cup and I am outraged that it has not gone to an England player!
Joking aside, I do feel that others players might not have played as many games but offered as much, in fact more, than Messi to be honest and I think that Colombia's James Rodriguez was probably more deserving of 'best player at the world cup' accolade for me...
Incidentally in something of an England tie, seen as he used to play in the premier league with Man United - they must be kicking themselves that he was allowed to leave! - Paul Pogba, of France of course, was named the young player of the tournament.
Vital England on:
Vital England on: