# golden ball

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# Star
Rapinoe wins World Cup Golden Ball and Golden Boot
The 34-year-old may have played her last game in the competition.
# standing out
A former League of Ireland favourite and Joe Cole among the nominees for NASL golden ball
Ex-Shamrock Rovers striker Eamon Zayed has been rewarded for his fine recent form.
# hot prospect
James Rodriguez will join Real Madrid for €80 million, according to Spanish media
It is believed the Colombian star is already on his way to Spain to finalise the deal.
# Second best
'Nothing can console me' laments Messi as world slips through Argentina's hands
The Golden Ball winner missed one of three great chances that fell his team’s way against Germany.
# Analysis
5 talking points ahead of today's Germany-Argentina World Cup final
Can Messi deliver, will the respective stubborn defences be breached and more.
# golden ball
Four Germans and three Argentineans on World Cup best player shortlist
Arjen Robben, James Rodriguez and Neymar break up the party but there is no room for Karim Benzema of Manuel Neuer.