FIFA president, Sepp Blatter admits he was surprised Argentina’s Lionel Messi won the world cup golden ball award.

The Barcelona forward was named as the tournament’s best player after his side lost 1-nil to Germany the final.

Blatter says he was a little bit surprised when he saw Messi coming up to collect the best player of the competition.

Argentina legend Diego Maradona called the decision unfair.

Blatter believes Messi was given the award on the strength of his four goals during the group stage.