FIFA World Cup 2014 Final: Golden Ball Scant Consolation for Messi as Argentina Wonder Runs Out of Magic Dust

Just prior to the start of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Lionel Messi would have envisaged winning two trophies, maybe three if he was feeling greedy. First, the Golden Ball for the best player in the tournament (with the Golden Boot as an added bonus) and second, the most important of them all – the World Cup title, with Messi holding aloft that iconic trophy after skippering his side to victory in the final, probably over arch-rivals Brazil. Jul 14, 2014