Top 3: World Cup Golden Ball alternatives to Lionel Messi

The decision to award Lionel Messi the World Cup Golden Ball award caused quite the backlash from football supporters, who believed the Argentina star was not worthy of the accolade. Angry accusations from the easily irritated to the insane even prompted suggestions that the four-time Ballon d'Or winner had conspired with FIFA to complete a master marketing plan. Messi's sheepish exterior as he collected the trophy was perceived as an acknowledgment that he was the wrong guy, but how was the 27-year-old supposed to look moments after losing the biggest game on the planet? The 10-man shortlist had to be whittled down to just one individual whose inspired performances lit up the tournament and kept fans on the edge of their seat. Here's a look at three other players that could've been chosen ahead of Messi…