Argentina legend Diego Maradona has criticised FIFA for naming Lionel Messi the Golden Ball award.


Messi was named player of the tournament ahead of players including Arjen Robben, James Rodriguez and Mats Hummels.

Despite scoring four goals in seven matches at the tournament, Messi struggled to have an impact during the semi final and Sunday?s final.

Maradona, who captained Argentina to the World Cup in 1986 believes his countryman should not have been named the tournament?s best player.

He said: ?Messi? I would give him heaven if possible. But it?s not right when someone wins something that he shouldn?t have won just because of some marketing plan.?

Speaking on his TV show on Telesur, Maradona also criticised Argentina coach Alejandra Sabella?s decision to substitute Ezequial Lavezzi for Sergio Aguero at half time in the?1-0 defeat to Germany.

He added: ?I don?t understand the substitution of Lavezzi. He was phenomenal down the wing. Kun Aguero didn?t have the same impact. It was not his tournament.?

?I feel sorry for my country. Mario Gotze?s goal really hurt. There?s a huge sadness in my heart that we lost the final.

?All things put together, I think Argentina deserved at least penalties. That Germany won was the result of a misunderstanding in the Argentine defence.?

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