Power Ranking Lionel Messi and Previous World Cup Golden Ball Winners

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Power Ranking Lionel Messi and Previous World Cup Golden Ball Winners
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Lionel Messi might not have won the 2014 FIFA World Cup, but there was some small consolation for him in the shape of the Golden Ball award for the best player at the tournament.

Whether or not you agree with his choice, Messi took home the trophy and thus became the third player from Argentina to do so in the 10 tournaments that the award has been running.

Here's how Messi's performances in Brazil 2014 stack up against the other nine winners, with the tournaments from 1978 onward yielding an official recipient of best player.

Along with the performances of the player involved, other factors such as his team's progress, their relative standing in the game at the time and quality of rival players are also considered.

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