Kramer: This Manchester United target should have won the Golden Ball, not Messi

German midfielder Kristoph Kramer believes Bastian Schweinsteiger should have won FIFA's Golden Ball.

Lionel Messi being awarded the 2014 World Cup Golden Ball appears a thoroughly unpopular decision, even with the players at the tournament themselves.

One of those to vociferously express his opposition to the award was German international midfielder Kristoph Kramer.

The World Cup winner told German magazine SportBILD it was not deserved, and he feels his teammate should have won it instead.

"A joke! Bastian Schweinsteiger would have deserved it - incredible how Basti has improved from game to game.

"But we have the title. He can have the trophy."

Bastian Schweinsteiger remains a Bayern Munich player, but he is a known favourite of new Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal who coached him at the German champions, and is not held in the same regard by Pep Guardiola.

The Independent reported only one month ago that Schweinsteiger was Van Gaal's top summer target, and while the club may now be focusing on Arturo Vidal, should that fall through it remains likely they will go back in for the German.

The big question mark of Schweinsteiger was his fitness and ability to still play at the top level, after an injury hit season last year and failing to gel in Guardiola's system.

The World Cup has helped highlight he is robust as ever, and his warrior like performance in the final illustrated that he has so much more to give, at 29.

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