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Messi honored as the best player of the 2014 World Cup

On the day of the final, the winners of the FIFA World Cup ™ trophy outshone everyone and everything. For the fourth time in World Cup history, Germany has secured the title. A number of outstanding players were also honored with individual awards, above all Lionel Messi, who was voted the best player of the tournament by the FIFA Technical Study Group (TSG).

Adidas Golden Ball: Lionel Messi (Argentina)Messi is a real captain and a real match winner. There could hardly be a better compliment for the Argentine captain, who repeatedly set the tone on the way to the final. Quite a few experts had asked themselves how he could even be in Brazil after the exhausting season at Barcelona and with a problematic Achilles tendon. But Messi silenced all doubters by simply playing strong as always. In the 2-1 win against Bosnia-Herzegovina, he thrilled the Maracanã Stadium with a goal and an assist. Then shortly before the end he scored the winning goal against Iran, with which his team secured the round of 16. He contributed two goals to the 3-2 win against Nigeria. But that wasn't enough for him. In the game against Switzerland, it was Messi who played the ball in the 118th minute on Angel di Maria, who made it through to the quarter-finals with his goal. In the semi-final against the Netherlands, he converted his penalty and thus contributed to the final. The personal award may not make up for the disappointment at the lost final, but Messi can rightly be proud of his achievements at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil ™.

* Silver Ball from adidas: Thomas Müller (Germany) Bronze Ball from *adidas: Arjen Robben (Netherlands)

Adidas golden shoe: James Rodriguez (Colombia) - 6 goalsRodriguez caused a sensation in Colombia's opening game against Greece by initiating the first two goals and then in the last minute of the game himself to make it 3-0. His performance earned him the Budweiser Man of the Match award. In the next game against Ivory Coast (2-1), he secured this award again by again being instrumental in Juan Fernando Quintero's goal and also scoring himself again. He was also used in the last group game against Japan, this time as a substitute at halftime. And again he prepared two goals by assists Jackson Martinez. He also met one more time himself. With his two more goals in a 2-0 win against Uruguay, he ensured that Colombia made it into a World Cup quarter-finals for the first time in football history.
Against Brazil he got to know the bitter taste of defeat for the first time. At least he was able to convert a penalty (in regular time) and was celebrated with a standing ovation by the audience in Fortaleza after the game had ended.

* Silver shoe from adidas: Thomas Müller (5 goals) Bronze shoe from *adidas: Neymar (4 goals)

Golden glove from adidas: Manuel Neuer (Germany)After winning the UEFA Champions League and the FIFA Club World Cup with FC Bayern Munich, the 28-year-old can now put the adidas Golden Glove in his trophy cabinet. The German goalkeeper presented himself in top form throughout the entire World Cup in Brazil and conceded only six goals in the seven games. He impressed the FIFA Technical Study Group with his outstanding parades and reflexes, his command of the penalty area and the ability to initiate attacks from within his own penalty area. "Manu, the Libero", as he was repeatedly called in the media, kept leaving his penalty area and showed impressively precise passes even under pressure.

* Award Hyundai Young Player: Paul Pogba (France) *The French midfielder was the best of the players born before January 1, 1993 at this World Cup. The Juventus midfielder played in all five games of the Bleus. In the 5-2 win against Switzerland, he prepared a goal by Karim Benzema. In the 2-0 win against Nigeria he scored a goal himself and was also elected Budweiser Man of the Match. After winning the adidas Golden Ball at the U-20 World Cup, Pogba can now look forward to individual recognition at a FIFA World Cup for the second time in a row by winning the Hyundai "Young Player" award.

FIFA Fair Play Award: Colombia
The winner of Group C, who ultimately made it to the quarter-finals, received this award not only because of the low number of only five yellow cards in the five games in Brazil. The Colombians also scored many points in the criteria set by TSG such as an offensive approach to the game, respect for opponents and officials as well as the appearance of officials and supporters.