FIFA 2014

Blatter also surprised by Messi award

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FIFA President Joseph Blatter has admitted to being surprised by the Golden Ball award to Lionel Messi as the outstanding player of the World Cup in Brazil.

“I was myself a little bit surprised when I saw Messi coming up for the best player of the competition,” the head of football’s world governing body said on Monday.

However, Blatter said consideration would have been made to how Argentina arrived in the final and the four goals scored by Messi. “They were decisive,” he said.

The choice of Messi was made by FIFA’s technical study group, but FIFA media director Walter De Gregorio said consideration could be given to another method, perhaps involving journalists in a vote at the tournament.

“You can question this” he said. “It might be changed. We are open to any suggestion.”

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