And the nominees for the Golden Ball 2010 are…

Given below is FIFA’s nomination for the Golden Ball – the best player in the World Cup.

Diego Forlan (Uruguay) – Uruguay’s finest has ex-manager Sir Alex Ferguson going ga-ga. Deserves this nomination for his talismanic presence in the team. His vision, skills and shot taking ability make him one of the best in the world.

Asamoah Gyan (Ghana) – I am glad FIFA noticed this bundle of talent and great entertainer. His untiring runs and telling shots gave many a scare to the defenders & goalkeepers. Pity he missed the penalty which could have taken Ghana through to the semis. It will remain one of the most lasting memories of this World Cup.

Andres Iniesta (Spain) – Wayne Rooney called him the best player in the world and his skills are on uninhibited display. One of the most formidable mid field generals, he is industrious and extremely skillful. Xavi and he have taken the art of mid-filed ball control to a new high.

Lionel Messi (Argentina) Lionel Messi is the storm that never happened. He must have just made it to the list because of the initial games. He was brilliant against modest opposition and definitely Argentina’s best player. He disappointed against Germany though. With his genius, he still could be the star of the next World Cup.

Mesut Oezil (Germany) – is Germany’s flair infusion. He gave the German’s something they did not possess for long real time- creativity in mid-field. Oezil will only get better as he plays more games. He seemed tired against Spain and I think we will see him in his element at the Euros.

Arjen Robben (Netherlands) Typifying the new found Dutch toughness, Arjen Robben says he doesn’t mind playing ugly to win. He has himself been a scourge of all defences with surging runs and brilliant passes. He has also scored when it mattered and will be looking for eternal greatness in the finals.

Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany)– The game against Argentina showed what he is capable of. Even against Spain, he was the one German winning his challenges and taking the ball away from Spanish possession. A muscular warhorse in the Matthaeus category, he is the glue of this German team and at 25 a veteran.

Wesley Sneijder (Netherlands) – Sneijder has won everything this year with Inter Milan and the Spanish have him down as the main man in the finals. Greater respect cannot be paid to the man who is the unofficial leader of the Dutch pack. Will he add another trophy this year? If yes, then it will be difficult not handing him the Golden Ball

David Villa (Spain) – David Villa has been Spains lone strike force. Despite the brilliant mid-field performances, his 5 Goals have been like a Life Jacket for a drowning man. Without his goals Spain would have gone the way of their predecessors from other World Cups, pretty boys who played well but finished empty handed.

Xavi (Spain) – Xavi has been hogging the headlines for the past 2 days. People have called him the best player on the planet and rightly so. Xavi has been the visionary in the Spain side. His defence splitting passes, magnificient close control of the ball and consistency have helped Spain produce this wonderful technical display. If Spain win,it would have a lot to do with this silent performer.

My Favorites:

  1. Xavi
  2. David Villa
  3. Iniesta

As you can see I am not seeing beyond Spain 🙂

Tomorrow’s match should be interesting Klose has a record to play for and along with Muller can go after the Golden Boot , so can Suarez and Forlan. I think Germany will win this comfortably, to finish third again.

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About Pramod Parmeshwaran

I love writing and expressing myself. I am a software entrepreneur by profession, a voracious reader by hobby and sports crazy by nature
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