Footballing superstar, Lionel Messi might have not yet won an international trophy of note with national country, Argentina – but the striker came very close to holding a trophy as he led his country to the finals of the 2014 World Cup, only for his team to lose 1-0 to Germany.
The 32-year-old was impressive throughout the tournament, with his performances earning him the Golden Ball award, though then FIFA president, Sepp Blatter was not impressed, claiming that
several other players had a better claim to the prestigious honour.
“Shall I be diplomatic or shall I tell you the truth? Listen, I myself was a little bit surprised when I saw Lionel Messi coming up for the best player of the tournament. I think the decision was incorrect. I was surprised when I received the committee’s decision, They told me they had looked at 10 of the players who took part in the final,” he said at the time.
“If you compare the beginning of the tournament and why finally the Argentina team got into the final, they were decisive and I think that influenced the decision.”
The likes of James Rodriguez, Arjen Robben and Manuel Neuer too were considered contenders for the award, though ultimately it was the Argentiinian who was bestowed with the honour.