World Cup: EPL misses out on Golden Ball
Twenty Premier League players reached the World Cup semi-finals yet none have been nominated for a FIFA Award.PT1M21S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-3bte5 620 349 July 12, 2014
Four Germans, three Argentines, and one player each from Brazil, Colombia and the Netherlands were short-listed for the "Golden Ball" award to the World Cup's best player.
The top 10 list included World Cup finalists Germany's defender Mats Hummels, right back Philipp Lahm, midfielder Toni Kroos and forward Thomas Mueller who has scored five goals.
For their opponents in Sunday's final, Argentina, winger Angel di Maria, midfielder Javier Mascherano and - inevitably - four-goal striker and captain Lionel Messi made the list.
Top scorer: James Rodriguez. Photo: Reuters
Also included was Colombia's attacking midfielder James Rodriguez, widely considered to be the revelation of the tournament and top scorer so far with six goals in his team's run to the quarter-final where they were beaten by Brazil.
The other two players short-listed were Dutch forward Arjen Robben who tormented defences throughout and scored three in the Netherlands' progress to the semi-final, and Brazil's Neymar who had played superbly and bagged four goals before being injured.
World governing body FIFA will announce the winner after the final. Uruguay striker Diego Forlan was named best player of the South African tournament four years ago.
Golden Ball: Nominees for World Cup's best player award
Argentina's Lionel Messi. Photo: Reuters
Up for the "Golden Glove" award for best goalkeeper are Germany's Manuel Neuer, Argentina's Sergio Romero and Costa Rica's Keylor Navas who underpinned the Central Americans' fairy-tale run into a first ever World Cup quarter-final.
The award for best young player is between France's Paul Pogba and Raphael Varane, and the Netherlands' Memphis Depay.