Lionel Messi awarded Golden Ball as best player

Lionel Messi was awarded the Golden Ball as the World Cup's best player Credit: REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

Lionel Messi was given the Golden Ball award for being the World Cup's best player, despite finishing on the losing side in the final.

His Argentina side lost 1-0 to Germany in extra time.

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Germany win the 2014 World Cup in Brazil

A Mario Gotze goal in the last 10 minutes of extra time handed Germany the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, beating Argentina 1-0.