Sneijder denied all accolades
By MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency
Netherlands midfielder Wesley Sneijder cries after the team's World Cup final loss to Spain at Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg on July 11, 2010. (MICHAEL KOORE/Reuters)
JOHANNESBURG -- In the end, Wesley Sneijder was shut out of everything.
No championship. No Golden Boot. No Golden Ball.
Bad enough the Dutch star was gutted when Spainís Andres Iniesta scored in the 116th minute to give his team a 1-0 victory over The Netherlands on Sunday night at Soccer City in the World Cup title game.
But The Netherlands midfielder also came up short for the two prestigious personal awards he was up for.
The Golden Boot, which goes to the top scorer at the World Cup, was awarded to 20-year-old German phenom Thomas Muller. Muller, Sneijder, Spainís David Villa and Uruguayís Diego Forlan all finished with five goals, but Muller got the nod because of more assists.
Muller also won the honour as best young player at the tournament. He did not, however, play in Germanyís 1-0 loss to Spain in the semis Wednesday due to suspension for accruing too many yellow cards.
Sneijder also came up short in the chase for the Golden Ball, which goes to the World Cupís most valuable player. That honour, as voted on by the media, went to Uruguay striker Forlan, who easily was the most dynamic performer at South Africa 2010.