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Lionel Messi suffers humiliation of walking past World Cup trophy TWICE after receiving Golden Ball

Simon Rice

Published 14/07/2014 | 00:15

Argentina's Lionel Messi walks down the steps after receiving the Golden Ball for being the best player at the end of the 2014 World Cup final between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana stadium
Argentina's Lionel Messi walks down the steps after receiving the Golden Ball for being the best player at the end of the 2014 World Cup final between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana stadium

Lionel Messi was forced to walk past the World Cup and interact with Fifa president Sepp Blatter TWICE after being named the player of the tournament after the World Cup final.

The Argentina playmaker, who had just suffered the heartbreak of defeat to Germany, was announced as the winner of the Golden Ball award which recognises the player of the tournament.

The clearly dejected Barcelona player had to walk up the steps inside the Maracana stadium and then past the trophy that had eluded him and his nation to accept his award from Blatter before heading back down to the pitch.

He then immediately had to make the trip all over again along with his team-mates to pick up their silver medals.

Germany's Mario Gotze celebrate winning the World Cup after the FIFA World Cup Final at the Estadio do Maracana
Germany's Mario Gotze celebrate winning the World Cup after the FIFA World Cup Final at the Estadio do Maracana
Germany's players lift the World Cup trophy as they celebrate their 2014 World Cup final win against Argentina at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro July 13, 2014. REUTERS/Michael Dalder (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP)
Germany's coach Joachim Loew lifts the World Cup trophy beside his team after they won the 2014 World Cup final against Argentina at the Maracana stadium
Germany's goalkeeper Manuel Neuer lifts the Golden Glove as he celebrates with teammates being named as the best goalkeeper at the end of their 2014 World Cup final against Argentina at the Maracana stadium
Germany's Bastian Schweinsteiger celebrates with the FIFA World Cup Trophy and team-mates after winning the FIFA World Cup Final at the Estadio do Maracana
Mario Goetze of Germany (L) celebrates scoring his team's first goal with Thomas Mueller during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Maracana
Germany celebrate defeating Argentina 1-0 in extra time during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Maracana
Bastian Schweinsteiger celebrates defeating Argentina 1-0 in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Maracana
A dejected Lionel Messi of Argentina reacts after being defeated by Germany 1-0 in extra time during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Maracana
Gonzalo Higuain of Argentina shakes hands with head coach Alejandro Sabella as he exits the game during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Maracana
Germany celebrate defeating Argentina 1-0 in extra time during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Maracana
Thomas Mueller (L) and Bastian Schweinsteiger of Germany celebrate after defeating Argentina 1-0 in extra time during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Maracana
Bastian Schweinsteiger and Miroslav Klose of Germany celebrate defeating Argentina 1-0 in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Maracana
Mario Goetze of Germany (L) celebrates scoring his team's first goal with Jerome Boateng during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Maracana
Mario Goetze of Germany celebrates scoring his team's first goal in extra time during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Maracana
Mario Goetze of Germany scores his team's first goal in extra time during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Maracana
Lucas Biglia (L) and Javier Mascherano of Argentina challenge Bastian Schweinsteiger of Germany during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Maracana
Argentina's Rodrigo Palacio (R) shoots but fails to score a goal past Germany's goalkeeper Manuel Neuer during extra time in their 2014 World Cup final at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro
Argentina's Lionel Messi (R) misses a goal opportunity during their 2014 World Cup final against Germany at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro
Germany's Benedikt Hoewedes (R) misses a chance to score during their 2014 World Cup final against Argentina at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro
Argentina's Lionel Messi (C) attempts a shot on goal against Germany's goalkeeper Manuel Neuer as Germany's Mats Hummels (R) challenges during their 2014 World Cup final at the Maracana stadium
Argentina's Marcos Rojo (L) fouls Germany's Thomas Mueller (C) during their 2014 World Cup final at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro

Prior to the final the match was billed as Messi's chance to emulate Diego Maradona and take his place among the football immortals. Instead all he got was the chance to shake hands with Blatter twice.

Fifa also dished out their other awards. James Rodriguez picked up the Golden Boot for being top-scorer, Manuel Neuer collected the Golden Glove for being the best goalkeeper and France midfielder Paul Pogba was named young player of the tournament.

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