FIFA World Cup 2014 Stats and awards: Lionel Messi, named World Cup's 'best player
Golden Ball: Lionel Messi (Argentina) Golden Glove: Manuel Neuer (Germany) Golden Boot: James Rodriguez (Colombia) Young Player Award: Paul Pogba (France) FIFA Fair Play Award: Colombia
Lionel Messi, named World Cup's 'best player,' still falls short of Diego Maradona
Messi had a very good World Cup, though arguably not a great one. He scored four goals, a couple of them beauties, all of them in the group stage. He managed a lovely assist to Angel di Maria against Switzerland for the match winner. He will be 31 when the next World Cup rolls around, however, when it may be too late to become Maradona anymore.