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FIFA FRANCE FOOTBALL GOLDEN BALL 2014 FINAL THREE CANDIDATES

FIFA - France Football has announced the final three candidates for the 2014 Golden Ball Award. No surprises to most Football observers & followers:
  • Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)
  • Lionel Messi (Argentina)
  • Manuel Neuer (Germany)
I personally would not have included Lionel Messi, but his last few performances has put him back into the frontline.

FIFA FRANCE FOOTBALL GOLDEN BALL 2014 CANDIDATES

In fact, the winner will be assured to be hammered with debate & controversy. FIFA President Blatter & UEFA President have already publicly said that they feel a German (a World Cup Winner) should be given the prize this year, obviously citing Neuer. But if the criteria is the "Best Player" for a whole session - 2014 - then Cristiano Ronaldo is on another level to both Neuer & Messi. Let me remind you that back in 2010 Spain won the World Cup, & with the current arguments of Blatter & Platini, the winner then should have been Andres Iniesta (or Iker Casillas). It was Messi which was indeed very surprising to everyone at that time & caused plenty of debate. 

As Franck Ribery said recently, the Golden Ball Award has become more political award full of economic interests which sways the vote & points to the eventual winner. 

In any case, the official winning name will be handed in & announced the 12th of January 2015.

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