Vital Football

Latest England Football News

A Worthy Winner?

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.

Follow @VitalEngland.

Join the Vital England Debate

Vital England on: facebook

Vital England on: twitter



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Rug
Date:Tuesday July 15 2014
Time: 8:52AM

Login to post a comment

Recent England Articles

Stats: Germany U21 v England U21

All the stats from Germany U21 (1) vs (0) England U21, BRITA-Arena Wiesbaden , 24/03/17 Att:

Audio & Video Debrief: Germany 1-0 England

Vital England has been scanning the Internet to see how folk have been assessing Wednesday's result in Dortmund.

Highlights: Germany 1-0 England

Lukas Podolski may have stolen the show but it was the first time since before the World Cup tournament in South Africa that I can say I actually enjoyed watching England.

Stats: Germany v England

All the stats from Germany (1) vs (0) England, Westfalenstadion Stadium, 22/03/17 Att: TBC

Archived Vital England Articles

Vital England articles from

Site Journalists

Cresswell
Editor email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Rate England's performance against Germany?
Suggested By: Cresswell
Exceptional0%
Very good50%
Good0%
Average0%
Poor50%

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Chelsea 28 22 3 3 69 38
2 Spurs 28 17 8 3 59 34
3 Man City 28 17 6 5 57 24
4 Liverpool 29 16 8 5 56 25
5 Man Utd 27 14 10 3 52 19
6 Arsenal 27 15 5 7 50 22
7 Everton 29 14 8 7 50 21
8 WBA 29 12 7 10 43 1
9 Stoke 29 9 9 11 36 -9
10 Southampton 27 9 6 12 33 -3
11 AFC Bournemouth 29 9 6 14 33 -12
12 West Ham 29 9 6 14 33 -12
13 Burnley 29 9 5 15 32 -11
14 Watford 28 8 7 13 31 -15
15 Leicester City 28 8 6 14 30 -14
16 Crystal Palace 28 8 4 16 28 -10
17 Swansea 29 8 3 18 27 -27
18 Hull City 29 6 6 17 24 -32
19 Middlesbrough 28 4 10 14 22 -13
20 Sunderland 28 5 5 18 20 -26
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Write for Vital Football

Recent England Results (view all)

Breaking League News

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.cresswell21
2.garyshawisthelaw15
3.scruples2
4.trfc12341
5.millwall1972i1
The Vital Football Members League