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FIFA announces Golden Ball nominees: Four Germans, no major snubs

Jul 11, 2014, 2:32 PM EDT

The 10 players in the mix for the World Cup’s Golden Ball award have been announced, and there are few surprises in the running for the honor.

So who will join Diego Forlan, Zinedine Zidane, Oliver Kahn, Ronaldo, Romario, Salvatore Schillaci, Diego Maradona, Paolo Rossi and Mario Kempes as the players judged to be the best at a World Cup?

Your nominees:

That’s three Argentines (Angel Di Maria, Lionel Messi, Javier Mascherano) and four Germans (Mats Hummels, Philipp Lahm, Thomas Mueller, Toni Kroos) with token appearances from Brazil (Neymar), Colombia (James Rodriguez) and the Netherlands (Arjen Robben).

Anyone get a raw deal from the nominating committee? An argument could be made for Keylor Navas of Costa Rica, while Robin van Persie, Karim Benzema and Andre Schurrle all scored thrice and were imperative to their teams limited runs. And of course there are myriad defenders who played integral parts in their nations’ tournaments, but there have been no major slights here.

  1. scrummymustard - Jul 11, 2014 at 3:02 PM

    James Rodriguez for the win please.

    • braxtonrob - Jul 11, 2014 at 5:29 PM

      He’s already going to get the Golden Boot.

      • mahezam - Jul 11, 2014 at 6:13 PM

        Not if Muller scores one more goal…

  2. drewvt6 - Jul 11, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    If Argentina win, Messi gets it. If Germany win, could be Mueller or could be James Rodrguez.

  3. justafan2014 - Jul 11, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    What the hell, where’s Tim Howard on this list?

  4. 407magic - Jul 11, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    If it’s based on stats right now then James Rodriguez wins

    • braxtonrob - Jul 11, 2014 at 5:29 PM

      or Messi

  5. tridecagon - Jul 11, 2014 at 5:57 PM

    Keylor Navas was my guy. Just an unbelievable tournament from him.

    I think if Howard had found a way to keep out that last-minute goal from Portugal he would have a strong case, too.

  6. mahezam - Jul 11, 2014 at 6:07 PM

    I’d love to give it to James Rodriguez – he’s certainly been the most fun to watch. But if Argentina wins and Messi plays well, I don’t know how you don’t give it to him, and if Germany wins and Mueller plays well, I don’t know how you don’t give it to him. Mueller gets overlooked sometimes, but you have to wonder where Germany’s offensive output would be without him. They have all the creative attacking midfield talent in the world, but he’s the one who gives it all purpose (whether by scoring goals or though his intelligent runs opening the defense up for his teammates).

  7. Bob W Smith - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    Is there an award for the best Flopper/Diver of the tournament ?

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