While in Moscow for the official presentation of the World Cup 2018 logo, FIFA President Sepp Blatter has admitted that he feels it was an error to award Lionel Messi the ‘Golden Ball’ award at this summer’s competition in Brazil.
Messi was presented with the ‘Golden Ball’ award after the World Cup final, generating widespread debate about the legitimacy of the award from many who felt the Argentinean had wrongfully scooped the award. Now a number of months on from the tournament, Blatter has now admitted that the decision to select Messi as the winner was an error.
“I think the decision was an incorrect one. I was surprised when I received the decision that had been decided by the committee. They told me that they only considered ten players that played in the final between Germany and Argentina.”
Blatter went on to say he believed that Manuel Neuer should have won the award in Brazil, for his consistently excellent performances throughout the tournament for the eventual winners Germany.