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Blatter 'surprised' Messi won Golden Ball

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07-15-2014 15:59 BJT

Full coverage: World Cup 2014

FIFA President Sepp Blatter weighed in on a few of the major storylines from the World Cup at the last news conference of the competition on Monday.

Football's governing body's top man says he understands why Uruguay's Luis Suarez is going to great lengths to appeal his four-month-ban for biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini and Blatter also confessed he was surprised that the Golden Ball for the best player of the tournament was awarded to Argentina's Lionel Messi. 

"Concerning the matter of (Luis) Suarez. As a footballer, I feel with him. I feel that such a punishment hurts. But as the president of FIFA I have to accept the decision of our independent committees. Listen I was myself a little bit surprised when I have seen (Lionel) Messi coming up to collect the best player of competition. But you know, if you compare also the beginning of the tournament and why finally the team of Argentina came into the final - look at the goals scored by Messi in the different matches and they were decisive," he said.

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