- Mario Gotze scored the winning goal in the 2014 Fifa World Cup final
- Germany defeated Argentina to win the prestigious trophy in Brazil
- Gotze says he rushed to Messi for a photo pose after the game
Right after the final whistle of the 2014 Fifa World Cup final, German star Mario Gotze who scored the winning goal against Argentina ran to take pictures with Lionel Messi.
Gotze who came in as a substitute latched on to a volley in extra-time to help his side beat Messi led Argentina 1-0 at the famous Maracana stadium.
However in the midst of the wild celebrations, Gotze singled out Messi when he was receiving the Man of the Match award.
Upon having World cup gold medal round his neck, Gotze dashed to meet Messi for a photo pose, before posting it on social media with the caption "Genius".
"If I am honest, I was in a conference room and I had won the medal for Man of the Match," Gotze told German show Audi Star Talk, as per Daily Mail.
"I saw him (Messi) from behind and went running after him to get a picture, so it was actually the other way around (I asked Messi)."
Although Messi managed to smile at that moment, the Barcelona star was absolutely gutted to have missed out on the glory.
He eventually picked up the Player of the Tournament award for his displays, but was still absolutely sad about the defeat.
His words of frustration were heard by former FIFA President Sepp Blatter when he collected his individual prize in Rio de Janeiro.
"Messi was talking to himself," Blatter told Argentine publication La Nacion, as per Goal.
"He said to himself over and over again: 'The best but not the champion.'"
Meanwhile, Legit.ng also reported earlier that Jorge Sampaoli, Argentina's Russia 2018 World Cup coach disclosed that Lionel Messi "suffers a lot" when he wears his national colors because he cannot show the world how good he is.
Sampaoli who currently coaches Brazilian league side Santos, made the comments during the “We Are Football 2019 - Coaches and Tactics” conference organised by the Brazilian Football Confederation.
The former Sevilla boss talked about Argentina’s failure at the World Cup last year and Messi’s performances with the national team.
He said: “I coached the best player in the world, I don’t (know) if he’s the best in history, because he now has more than 600 goals in Europe, he’s broken all the records, but he arrives in his country and he’s criticised."
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