Today, Adidas announced the nominees for the Golden Ball through the Twitter account of Brazuca the ball. I've embedded the tweets because I like what Brazuca has to say about these players. And here are the nominees:
(As expected from this adorable troll.)
(The undisputed winner of the Golden Diving Award.)
EDIT: The Golden Glove nominees have been announced on FIFA.com and here they are:
Keylor Navas (CRC)
The Levante stopper was arguably Costa Rica’s best player at Brazil 2014, including a match-winning display in the Round of 16 tie against Greece. Making 21 saves in Los Ticos’ five games, he was awarded the Budweiser Man of the Match Award on three occasions. At 26-years-old the best years of his career are firmly ahead of him.
Manuel Neuer (GER)
The Germany keeper has played in all of the Nationalelf’s six games so far, making 25 saves and completing 202 passes. He’s kept three clean sheets and been a commanding presence for Joachim Low’s side so far. After winning a host of domestic honours, the UEFA Champions League and the FIFA Club World Cup, the FIFA World Cup and the Golden Glove is now in his sights.
Sergio Romero (ARG)
Penalty shoot-out saves from Ron Vlaar and Wesley Sneidjer sent La Albiceleste into the final, capping a fine tournament for the 27-year-old so far. The Monaco keeper has kept four clean sheets, making 15 saves in Brazil 2014 so far. Brought into international football by Diego Maradona, he has been Argentina’s first choice keeper for five years.
What do you think? Are you happy with these nominees or do you feel that certain players have been overlooked? As always, comment (and more importantly, pic spam) below!
EDIT: Okay, the embedded tweets don't look very good so please excuse that :P