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World Cup 2010: Spain coach Vicente del Bosque believes Lionel Messi deserved Golden Ball more than Diego Forlan

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has declared that, in his opinion, Argentina star Lionel Messi deserved the World Cup Golden Ball more than Uruguay striker Diego Forlan.

Forlan surprised many with some outstanding performances in which he contributed five goals to the Celeste's fourth-placed finish, and his efforts were rewarded when he collected the honour of best player at the tournament.

Del Bosque, who led la Furia Roja to glory in South Africa, said he would have liked it if one of his players had claimed the individual accolade, but insisted that if it was up to him, Barcelona talisman Messi's performances at the finals would have been recognised.

"Apart from our own [players] I preferred Messi. Each game he played he made 20 chances to score, he is a phenomenon," said Del Bosque, as quoted by Sport.

"We would have liked it to have been one of us. Messi deserves the Golden Ball more than Forlan."

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