Argentina striker Lionel Messi has admitted that he does not care about his Golden Ball win at the World Cup, and says he is angry at their 1-0 loss in the final to Germany.
Messi was awarded the accolade of best player at the tournament on Sunday evening, with many people questioning his worth as this year’s winner.
But the Barcelona man has conceded that he does not value the award, and claims he is ‘angry’ by the way in which his country lost the final in Rio De Janeiro.
“I’m very hurt at not being able to bring the Cup to Argentina,” Messi is reported as saying the Telegraph.
“I am very angry at the way we lost, so close to the penalties, especially as we had the best chances. I do not care about the ‘golden ball’. I am just upset by the wasted chances.
“Right now I do not care nothing, not about my prize, nothing. I just wanted to lift the cup and bring it to Argentina. The pain is very great.”
Argentina had several opportunities to open the scoring during the final, with Gonzalo Higuain and Rodrigo Palacios squandering one-on-one opportunities against Manuel Neuer.
Messi himself failed to impact the game in the way he did earlier in the tournament, with his four goals and one assist seemingly not enough to convince fans as he took the best player award.
Germany’s Thomas Muller, Mats Hummels, Phillip Lahm and Toni Kroos were all nominated for the prize, along with Arjen Robben, James Rodriguez, and Messi's countrymen Angel Di Maria and Javier Mascherano.