Lionel Messi (ARG, Golden Ball and Golden Boot)
"This is the happiest day of my playing career. All I want to do now is forget about everything else and just enjoy the moment. I'm delighted with the individual awards, but the most important thing for me was that we were successful as a team," said the final's outstanding player Lionel Messi, draped in an Argentine flag.
Francisco Ferraro (ARG, coach)
"We're thrilled to have won this title. Our success was down to the collective effort, sacrifice and discipline that the team showed. This helped us to overcome the difficult obstacles that were put in our path. Argentine footballers always have that little bit extra they can call on in difficult moments. This selflessness, organisation and strong mentality allowed our football to come through in the end. The players put all these traits into practice and that helped us win what was a very tough tournament."
Pablo Zabaleta (ARG, captain)
"We're delighted. We didn't get off to the best of starts in the tournament, but we were in a tough group. We got better as the championship wore on and in the end we achieved what we came here to do. I feel we deserved our victory and I'd just like to say a big thank-you to my team-mates and the coaching staff for what we've achieved. I can't help thinking about Maradona, Sorín and Saviola, who all lifted this trophy in their time. We knew that if we wanted to emulate them, we'd have to work hard and show great courage in the face of adversity against formidable opponents like the European and South American champions (Spain and Colombia respectively). Winning this world title at 20 is a huge thing for me."
Lautaro Formica (ARG)
"I'm going to throw myself into the lake that's behind the hotel just as I said I would. We're all ecstatic and enjoying the happiest day of our lives. This is something truly incredible!"
Samson Siasia (NIG, coach)
"I'm very proud of my players. They've got better by the game. Reaching the final was a huge achievement. It was a shame to lose the way we did, conceding two penalties when Argentina weren't really threatening. We lost our concentration a bit then."