FIFA President Sepp Blatter denies involvement in selection of Lionel Messi as Golden Ball winner
FIFA President Sepp Blatter has insisted that he had no say in Lionel Messi being awarded the Golden Ball.
The Argentina forward was considered a surprise choice for the player of the tournament accolade and Blatter admits he too didn’t expect Messi to be selected.
“Shall I be diplomatic or tell you the truth?’’ stated Blatter, as reported by Football Italia. “Listen, I was myself a little bit surprised when I saw Messi coming up for the Golden Ball.
“But look at the goals scored by Messi in the different matches. They were decisive.”