World Cup winners

thomas_muellerJOHANNESBURG: The curtain came down on the 2010 FIFA World Cup on Sunday night at Soccer City in Johannesburg, and the awards were announced for those who shone in the tournament. (Pictured: Thomas Mueller of Ger

Uruguay deadly striker Diego Forlan was named the finest player in the competition. The Athletico Madrid forward has 69 caps for his country, and becomes the fourth South American to win this award after Diego Maradona in 1986, Romario in 1994 and Ronaldo in 1998.

Thomas Muller was named the Hyundais Young Best Player by FIFAs Technical Study Group. The 20-year-old Bayern Munich player beat other nominees Giovani dos Santos (Mexico) and Andre Ayew (Ghana) for the award. Muller follows in the footsteps of Franz Beckenbauer (1966) and Lukas Podolski (2006).The young German sensational also won the golden boot award with five goals in the tournament. Thomas Mullers goals tallied with those of the Spanish gunman, David Villa, and Dutch hitman, Wesley Sneijder.

Muller was twice voted the man of the match when Germany played England and Uruguay. The young players five goals in five shots at target speak volumes of the players clinical finishing. His is the second player to win the top goal scorer in the world cup after the 17-year-Pele in Sweden in 1958. His compatriot Gerd Muller said the young player was, Quick, shoots with both feet, good in the air, and he makes terrific runs down the channels. Hes a quick thinker, he reads the game well, and he has that precious nose for goal.

Gianluigi Buffon, Italy (2002), Oliver Kahn, Germany (1998), Fabien Barthez France (1994) are the other previous recipients of the award. The Spanish captain silenced his critics who had written him off after the first defeat by Switzerland. He denied Netherlandss Arjen Roben a goal in the final.

The fair play award went to the World Cup champions, Spain. In the seven matches the winners played they got eight yellow cards and no red cards. The last Man of the Match award for the Spain-Netherlands game went to the man who broke the deadlock between the two teams, Andres Iniesta. The Barcelona midfielders strike prevented the two teams from going into the dreaded penalty shoot-out and handed the world coveted trophy to Spain for the first time.

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