The short list of 10 players for the Golden Ball nominations has been announced and Lionel Messi’s name is there despite the fact that
could not move beyond quarterfinal of the World Cup Football 2010. Was his performance really so incredible? Does he deserve to win the Golden Ball? Argentina
It is not shocking to find that
Spain has 3 players in the list: Andres Iniesta, David Villa and Xavi whie has two- Wesley Sneijder and Arjen Robben. Holland Germany has 2, Uruguay has 1 and has 1. From Ghana , it was only Messi in this short list. Argentina
Lionel Messi did not score even a single goal in the 5 matches he took part but he was always there with his best. He missed some opportunities and he was unlucky on some occasions as the opponent goalkeepers came out with some of the best saves in the tournament against Messi.
Still, Messi does not deserve to get the Golden Ball because it will be an injustice to players like Sneijder, Robben, Xavi or Villa who really tried the best and successfully brought their teams to the final.
After four years, in 2014, Lionel Messi will be 27 years old and that time, World Cup will take place in South America (
). He should be at finest form at that time and he should be indeed the next Diego Maradona for Brazil . Argentina
The same thing happened for Diego Maradona. In 1982 World Cup, Maradona (aged 22) played well but
did not move beyond the second round. In 1986 World, Maradona was almost 27 years old and became the best player in the tournament and Argentina became champion. Argentina
As for the fans of Messi, La Liga new season is starting next month and it gives the fans to see this great player again in action.