Joey Barton: This was the best player at the World Cup

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Former Manchester City and Newcastle United midfielder Joey Barton believes that ex-Chelsea winger Arjen Robben should have won the Golden Ball award.

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi was adjudged as the best player of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil for his performances for Argentina, but many do not agree with that decision.

One of them is Queens Parks Rangers midfielder Joey Barton, who has made it clear that, in his opinion, the 27-year-old was nowhere near the best player in the tournament.

Posting his thoughts on social networking site Twitter, the former Manchester City and Newcastle United player listed a number of players who he thinks were better than Messi.

Barton is well known for his activity on Twitter and has often made statements that have not gone down well with football followers.

However, on this occasion, the 31-year-old might just be right. It would be a mistake to undermine Messi’s importance to this Argentina team, especially the goals he scored in the group stage, but there are others who were better than him.

Barton’s choice of Robben is an interesting one. Despite Manchester United striker Robin van Persie kicking off the World Cup campaign for the Netherlands in style, it was the former Chelsea winger who maintained his consistency and was a key figure in the Oranje reaching the final of the tournament.

  TeamPosGoalsGoal AssistOntarget Scoring AttDribbles WonAccurate Through BallSuccessful Final Third PassesAppsMins
Arjen Robben Netherlands MF 3 1 9 34 1 89 7 690

Nevertheless, it is Messi who has won the Golden Ball. No one can change that.

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