The Final Game
Sports, first prize singles
July 14, 2014
Argentine player Lionel Messi faces the World Cup trophy during the final ceremony at Maracana Stadium, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on 13 July.
Argentina lost to Germany 1-0, after a goal by Mario Götze in extra time. Messi, who is ranked as one of the best footballers in the world, was awarded the Golden Ball, as the tournament’s best player—a decision that sparked controversy, as he had scored no goals in the knock-out stage.
Chengdu Economic Daily
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Keywordsfootball (soccer) 2014 FIFA World Cup Football World Cup Messi, Lionel Andrés (1987-) Soccer World Cup (Soccer)
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About the photographer
Bao Tailiang has worked as a photographer for Chengdu Economic Daily for four years.
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