11 July 2014 | News Comments

Finalists dominate best-player shortlist

Seven players from the German and Argentinian teams have made the shortlist of 10 for the Golden Ball award, given to the World Cup's outstanding player.

Germany's Mats Hummels, Toni Kroos, Philipp Lahm and Thomas Mueller are all on the list after outstanding tournaments so far.

The Argentinian trio of Angel Di Maria, Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano are also in the running.

Making up the list of ten are Brazil's injured talisman, Neymar, whose absence was keenly felt in Brazil's stunning 7-1 loss to Germany, James Rodriguez of Colombia, who dazzled the tournament with his attacking play, and Netherlands attacker Arjen Robben, whose tournament was notable for stunning attacking play and controversial appeals for frees and penalties.

The winners of the adidas Golden Ball, Silver Ball and Bronze Ball will all be announced after Sunday’s final.

Previous winners of the prize include Uruguay's Diego Forlan in 2010, French maestro Zinedine Zidane in 2006 and German shot-stopper Oliver Kahn in 2002.