Golden Ball Nominees

The nominees have been announced for the World Cup Golden Ball award and there are few surprises on the shortlist.

Diego Forlan (Uruguay)

Asamoah Gyan (Ghana)

Andres Iniesta (Spain)

Lionel Messi (Argentina)

Mesut Ozil (Germany)

Arjen Robben (Netherlands)

Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany)

Wesley Sneijder (Netherlands)

David Villa (Spain)

Xavi Hernandez (Spain)

The nominees for the young player award are Thomas Müller (Germany), Giovanni dos Santos (Mexico) and Andre Ayew (Ghana).

Who gets your vote? Leave your comments below!

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6 thoughts on “Golden Ball Nominees

  1. 1Messi? ah come on for f*ck sake, hes been average at best. he played well in 2 games, considering they beat the mighty errm greece and south korea, i think its hard to give him credit.

    he was very average in the 2nd and 1/4 game, id also say poor in both.

    Xavi is a little bit lucky to be in there, though i can see why he is, there hasnt been a huge amount of stand out players. Surprised they didnt put torres in there with the way they are going.

    it doesnt matter anyway, Schneider is the shoe in here.

    1. SNEIJDER has been good, but there’s been better in the competition.

      Schweinsteiger or Villa will win it.

      Messi was fantastic in each of the group stage games and played well Mexico, I hope you’re not like the pundits Ed who base their assumptions on the player’s goal tally. Kind of like Sneijder.

    2. Messi: Check the FIFA website for stats, while he was there he was leader in shots, shots in target, most shots blocked

      Xavi: Most passes in the tournament by some margin,
      next time you can do that, talk to me.

      Schneider: lucky goals all over the place, except 2-3. Villa’s goals far more crucial for his teams than Schneider’s contribution to his.

      Agree with Kevin, unless something totally ridiculous happens in the WC its Villa or Schweinsteiger.

  2. i think it’s going to come to who decides the final. Apart from Forlan and maybe Ozil, no player outside of the teams playing in the final has really shone in the tournament.

    My money is on Villa

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