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

FIFA World Cup 2014 Final: Thomas Muller, the German Machine That Can Outshine Messi and End Argentina's Dream

When you think of most of the attacking players that have lit up this 2014 FIFA World Cup – they have been masters in the aesthetics of football. Lionel Messi, James Rodriguez and Arjen Robben are drool-worthy when in full flow, making you sit up and just nod your head in approval and awe. And then, you have Thomas Muller, the man who makes scoring goals at the World Cup look as easy as drinking a mug of beer (German beer, mind) on a warm Sunday afternoon. Jul 13, 2014