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Maradona questions Messi award

14 July 2014, 18:58

Rio De Janeiro - Legendary Argentina striker Diego Maradona believes compatriot Lionel Messi didn't deserve to the claim the Golden Ball award at the 2014 World Cup.

Maradona, who is widely regarded as one of the best players to have graced the beautiful game, intimated that Messi had been given the accolade because of pressure from "marketing people".

A dejected Messi claimed the award following his side's 1-0 defeat to Germany, something which certainly raised a few eyebrows around the world.

Maradona said: "I would give heaven and earth to Leo.

"But when marketing people want him to win something he didn't [deserve to] win, it is unfair.

"I could see that he didn't want to go up and collect it [the award]."

The 27-year-old pipped Colombia's James Rodriguez and the Netherlands' Arjen Robben to the Golden Ball award, while Germany's Manuel Neuer claimed the Golden Glove.

Messi scored four goals at the tournament, while also providing one assist.


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