Argentina and Germany dominate Golden Ball nominees

Fifa has included Lionel Messi and Neymar on a 10-player list of candidates to be named the World Cup’s best player.

Seven of the 10 nominees for the Golden Ball come from the finalists, Argentina and Germany. The winner will announced after Sunday’s final.

Messi is nominated along with team-mates Ángel di María and Javier Mascherano. Germany provide four candidates: Mats Hummels, Toni Kroos, Philipp Lahm and Thomas Müller.

Neymar is the only candidate from Brazil on the list selected by Fifa’s technical study group of coaching analysts.

Arjen Robben of Holland and James Rodríguez of Colombia, the tournament’s top scorer with six goals, complete the list.


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