Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Maradona claims Messi won FIFA's Golden Ball award for commercial reasons

Former Argentine legend and star Diego Maradona believes Colombia' s James Rodriguez deserves the Golden Ball Award, Maradona feels Lionel Messi did not deserve to win the award following his World Cup performance. Deigo claims the 27-year-old won the award for commercial reasons.

Messi beat the likes of Thomas Muller, Arjen Robben and James Rodriguez to win the very prestigious award after the Barcelona star scored 4 goals in 7 appearance at this summer's tournament .
During the final edition of his World Cup program, De Zurda, the former coach and manager of the national team suggested that Colombia's James Rodriuez who was the Golden Boot winner as top scorer in the tournament should have won the Golden Ball award.

Messi is a prominent ambassador for sportswear manufactures Adidas, he is also an official FIFA partner.

Mardona won the Golden Ball during the 1986 World Cup, Argentina were the World Champions in the World Cup. Speaking further he said: “I would give him heaven if possible, but its not right when someone wins something that he shouldn't have won just because of some marketing plan”
Maradona also said: “I could see that he didn't want to go up and collect it/ (award)”



Sunday' s win was the 3rd time in the last three World Cup that Germany will win over Argentina, in 2010, with then coach, and former captain Marodona, Germany trashed Argentia 4-0. Maradona however insists that it was just a glitch in the defense that cost them the title: “Germany won due to a misunderstanding in the defense but at no point were they better than us. They showed us a lot of respect, and our lads earned that out on the pitch.