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.

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Sepp Blatter 'surprised' at Lionel Messi Golden Ball win

Sepp Blatter admitted he was "surprised" to see Lionel Messi voted the World Cup's best player.

Messi picked up the Golden Ball award after Argentina's 1-0 defeat by Germany in the World Cup final.

Lionel Messi picked up the Golden Ball award after his side's defeat last night. Credit: Reuters

The 27-year-old scored four goals in the tournament, but failed to add to his tally in the knockout phase and was unable to influence the game against Germany.

"I was a little bit surprised to see Messi coming up as the best player in the competition," the Fifa president told a press conference.

Argentine Diego Maradona earlier said his compatriot did not deserve to win the accolade, claiming the decision was influenced by "marketing" decisions.

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