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FIFA President Sepp Blatter denies involvement in selection of Lionel Messi as Golden Ball winner

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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.”


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