Lionel Messi Is Sad

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July 13 2014 6:54 PM

Lionel Messi Is Sad

Lionel Messi
Germany's Manuel Neuer celebrates. Argentina's Lionel Messi does not.

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Lionel Messi won the golden ball as the best player at the 2014 World Cup, but that was small consolation for the world's best player. The Argentina star could not lift his team to glory against Germany in the World Cup final, and a whole lot of cameras were there to capture his glum expressions. Herewith, a sampling of his sadness.

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Messi and stricken teammate Pablo Zabaleta.

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Sad and alone.

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Sad and looking at the ground.

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Sad with ball.

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Consoled by Bastian Schweinsteiger.

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Removing the captain's armband.

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Wall of sadness.

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Line of sadness.

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Among the suits.

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Sad with his golden ball.

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Josh Levin is Slate's executive editor.

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