By the end of FIFA World Cup 2014, I really thought (and wanted) Thomas Muller to win the Golden Ball. Over the tournament, he played exceptionally and showed just why he is one of the best football players of his generation. Muller scored 5 goals in his 7 appearances. He also assisted for 3 goals. And as his fan, it was a real bummer for me to see him settle for the Silver ball. (Arjen Robben, who played equally well, won the Bronze ball).
That being said, I wasn’t really disappointed with Lionel Messi winning the Golden Ball award in FIFA World Cup 2014. Standing true to this reputation and the hype of unparalleled skills, Messi performed superbly in the tournament and took Argentina to the finals. In his 7 appearances, Messi scored 4 goals and assisted once. He won Man of the Match 5 times. And as Barca fan, I like him equally. So, I was happy he got what he deserved. (Yes, he ‘deserved’ that!’)
Also, many people get upset and contend that James Rodriguez should have won the Golden Ball. See, he was the highest goal scorer of FIFA World Cup 2014. So, he was awarded the Golden Boot. However, 3 of his total 6 goals came from the assistance of Juan Cuadrado. Golden Ball award takes every aspect of the game and player into factor. The committee, for this award, cares not just about the number of goals the player scored but also other things, like the skill set, the presence of the field, and fair play. And when you consider all these things, Messi was an obvious choice; easily ahead of James Rodriguez.
So, all in all, YES, Messi did deserve to win the FIFA World Cup 2014 Golden Ball Award.