Maradona: Messi got award for marketing reasons
A crestfallen Diego Maradona rued Argentina's 1-0 defeat to Germany in the 2014 World Cup final in Brazil, telling viewers of his 'De Zurda' show, on Venezuelan TV, that the result left him with "huge sadness in my heart".
"I feel sorry for my country. Götze's goal really hurt", noted Maradona, who beat the Germans in the final at Mexico 86 and went on to lose to them in the Italy 90 showpiece. "I think Argentina ran out of legs a bit and that's when the German 'tanks' drew strength from who knows where", 'El Pelusa' went on, in reference to the 113th-minute winner scored by 'Die Mannschaft' to claim their fourth World Cup. "All things considered, I feel Argentina deserved at least penalties", he stated, adding, "Germany won as a result of a misunderstanding in the Argentinian defence".
Maradona was also sympathetic to the plight of Lionel Messi, who had a muted game in the final and has found himself at the centre of a media storm after being awarded the Golden Ball: "The poor guy. I would give Leo heaven if possible, but it's not right when someone wins something that they shouldn't have won just because of some marketing plan. That's not right".