Maradonna calls Messi’s winning of golden ball a “marketing plan”

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Take issue with Lionel Messi winning the World Cup’s Golden Ball? You are not alone.

Messi was awarded the Golden Ball, which gole to the World Cup’s best player, following Argentina’s loss to Germany. While Messi scored four goals in seven games, some feel he was not as strong in the later stages of the World Cup and in Sunday’s loss to Germany was no where to be seen.

“Messi? I would give him heaven if possible,” said Argentina soccer legend Diego Maradonna, via the Guardian. “But it’s not right when someone wins something that he shouldn’t have won just because of some marketing plan.”

For what it is worth, Messi down played winning the award.

“Right now I don’t care about the prize. I don’t care about anything. I wanted to take Argentina to the World Cup for all the people,” Messi told Spanish newspaper AS.

“We deserved it a bit more after the game we played. It’s very painful to lose the way we did because we were near penalties.

“I believe this World Cup deserved another final because we had chances. We reached the final, while other Argentinians didn’t get past the quarter-finals. But we’re disappointed not to have won this game. There’s a lot of anger.