The World Cup Golden Ball, which is awarded to the best player of the competition, has gone to Diego Forlan. FIFA had submitted 10 nominees, but by all accounts the favorites to win it were 3 – Forlan himself, Wesley Sneijder and Bastian Schweinsteiger.

Sneijder and Schweinsteiger have done very well in this World Cup, and have probably been the main reason their sides have done so well. Schweinsteiger has marshaled German’s midfield, creating many chances on those devastating counters that saw Germany crush good sides like England and Argentina. He has no goals to his name, though, so it’s not too hard to see why he didn’t get the award. Sneijder has done much of the same job for Holland, but he has no fewer than 5 goals to boast about. He almost single-handedly beat Brazil and took his country to their third-ever final, so he would have definitely deserved the prize should he have gotten in.

My man of the tournament, and rightful winner, however, has been Uruguay’s Diego Forlan. In a competition which has been more about team-work than stars, few have shined as brightly as the Atletico Madrid star-man. Besides his 5 goals, he has inspired and carried on his back the entire team in some games, creating something out of nothing and never allowing them to give up. He lead Uruguay to another great achievement for such a small nation, and will be the biggest hero for some time back home.

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