Just a few hours ago, 2010 FIFA World Cup came to an end and in the final match,
Spain defeated by 1-0 in extra time. Diego Forlán was announced as the best player of this tournament and he got the prestigious Golden Ball award. Netherlands
This selection might have surprised quite a number of fans because they might have expected that this award would go to a player from either
Spain or . It is perhaps the good time to make a comparison between Diego Forlán and Diego Maradona. Holland
Diego Maradona got the golden ball award in
Mexico for his one man show and all out effort to make champion. This time, Forlan could not make Argentina champion or even take the team to final or secure third spot but he was outstanding in the entire tournament. Uruguay
Secondly, Forlan was in a team that did not contain too many star players. In the same way,
did not have any other notable star player except Maradona in 1986. Argentina
Maradona’s magic of 1986 could not be surpassed by any other player in the last 24 years.
Romário of Brazil (1994) and Ronaldo of Brazil (1998
) were top players but they could not produce the magic of Maradona. The only Golden Ball winner who could go near to the magic of Maradona was Zinedine Zidane of France in 2006. France
Perhaps football has changed a lot in the last 24 years and there is perhaps one Diego Maradona in our life time. Football has changed in the sense that it has become more of a team sport and there is little room for one man show type of thing.
In World Cup 2010, the top 3 players were Diego Forlán, Wesley Sneijder and David Villa. However, to millions of football fans, the top 3 players of the current time are, Lionel Messi of
Argentina, Ronaldo of Portugal and Wayne Rooney of . You may also add Kaka’s name beside them. The funny thing is that none of these 4 teams could even reach the semifinals. England
Football fans will have to wait another 4 years to see whether the magic of Diego Maradona (in 1986) can be surpassed or repeated. Argentine fans are hoping that it will be Lionel Messi who will be able to do it.