Saturday, 12 July 2014
World Cup 2014: Fifa announces Golden Ball shortlist
Fifa has announced the shortlist for the 2014 Golden Ball, the prize awarded to the best player at the World Cup.
Argentina have three nominees in Angel Di Maria, Javier Mascherano and Lionel Messi, while their opponents in Sunday’s final Germany, have four.
Mats Hummels, Toni Kroos, Phillip Lahm and Thomas Muller are the players nominated from Joachim Low’s side.
Colombia’s James Rodriguez, Brazil’s Neymar and Arjen Robben of Netherlands complete the 10-man shortlist.
Fifa has also announced the nominees for the Golden Glove competition, awarded to the best goalkeeper at the World Cup.
Costa Rica’s Keylor Navas, Germany’s Manuel Neuer and Argentina’s Sergio Romero will compete for the prize.
Meanwhile, Netherlands’ Memphis Depay and Paul Pogba and Raphael Varane of France have been nominated for the best young player at the tournament.
The winners of each competition are to be announced after Sunday’s final.