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Beckham backs Messi to inspire Argentina win

David Beckham is thrilled to see Lionel Messi feature in the World Cup final and is backing the Argentina star to lead his team to victory.

David Beckham backed Lionel Messi's qualities as a team player while also praising fellow tournament star James Rodriguez's talents and good looks.

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World Cup Golden Ball nominees announced: Messi and Neymar on shortlist

Neymar exited the World Cup in cruel fashion but may yet win the Golden Ball.

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Adidas have announced the ten-player shortlist for the Golden Ball award at the World Cup. The nominees are:

Lionel Messi (Argentina)
Neymar (Brazil)
Toni Kroos (Germany)
Arjen Robben (Holland)
Angel Di Maria (Argentina)
Phillipp Lahm (Germany)
Thomas Mueller (Germany)
Javier Macherano (Argentina)
Mats Hummels (Germany)
James Rodriguez (Colombia)