Pay per head services learned that Sepp Blatter, FIFA president, admitted his surprise when he saw Lionel Messi win the World Cup Golden Ball.
Messi was named player of the tournament after Argentina lost the final to Germany 1-0 in extra time, but that decision was questioned by many fans, pundits, and pay per head services.
Price per head services saw that the player was below par throughout the knockout games after scoring a series of key goals during the group stage.
And Blatter admitted that he was among those who were somewhat surprised by the selection of the Argentina attacker for the prize, but many fans and pay per head services were not very surprised at all.
When he was asked for his thoughts on the decision at a post-World Cup media conference, Blatter asked: “Shall I be diplomatic or shall I tell you the truth?
“Listen, I was myself a little bit surprised when I saw Messi coming up for best player of the tournament.”
Then it was suggested that FIFA could change the award’s voting system after this year’s controversy over future tournaments in Russia and Qatar, but pay per head services saw that Blatter would not let it blemish a very entertaining tournament.
“It was a very special World Cup,” he said. “What makes this World Cup so very special this time is the quality of the football and the intensity of the games.
“Naturally, when it came to the direct elimination matches, more tactics came into play, but there was not one single match that did not have this intensity.
“Every World Cup has its own history, but this World Cup on the field of play was exceptional.
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“The bar has been set very high for the next World Cup [in Russia].”
Pay per head services all over the world can see that there’s plenty of controversy after Messi won the Golden Ball award, and they also wonder if he really deserved the prize or not.