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They award the best player before the final.
In sadder news, Fred has retired from international play. Will we ever see his like again?
Messi is clearly the best player in the world, but he won this one on reputation. I'm not saying he didn't play the best (he might have, it's unclear). I'm saying that he won it because someone had to win it, and he is the best player in the world. And his team reached the final.
Agree with 9114 that he's faded recently, but I think you're discounting his tactical impact on the opposing side.
Not discounting it. I just think it's not at all clear he performed the best at this world cup. He might have, it's just far from clear. I think that's a pretty uncontroversial statement. Others have already suggested Mascherano and James.
Then you are discounting recognition of his impact on the opposition, and moreover that his (in-the-conversation worthy) performance came in spite of tougher circumstances than the other players in the conversation faced game-in, game-out.
Because they use British writers?
Basically, you are saying he won because he clearly deserved it more than anyone else.
Did Germany actually do anything special for Messi? Seems like they were mostly marking him with the CBs like normal except when he dropped real deep
All fine and good. But that just means he thinks Messi was clearly the most deserving. I still don't agree, and I don't think I'm alone.
Hm. Apparently a lot of you were able to post during the game yesterday. I couldn't even connect to the site.
Van Persie's goal was the best looking goal of the entire tournament. The cross, the leap, the goalie (non)reaction, and the location.
I'm pretty sure that is the goal that is going to be remembered most from this tournament.
The site was down for me during the game.
It was like the DNS servers suddenly didn't know it existed. It was an instant "the server doesn't exist" message when I tried to connect.
Roma is in for Vlaar, bad Roma!
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