The phrase “so near yet so far” could not have applied better elsewhere. A perfect capture of Messi, staring at the World Cup trophy after Argentina’s World Cup final loss has been voted the best sports image of 2014.

The photo titled, “The Final Game” has won the highest honour at the 2015 World Press Photo Contest. It was shot by Chinese photographer, Bao Tailiang.

The perfectly timed shot has come out on top, leaving behind shots of New York Giants’ Odell Beckham’s stunning one-handed catch for touchdown and Australian Cricketer Phillip Hughes’ collapsed moment on field after a fatal blow by the cricket ball to head.

Messi’s stake for cementing his place as the World’s best player received a blow when Mario Gotze scored Germany’s winner in extra time. With that goal he shattered a million dreams. More importantly, Messi’s dreams.

Though Messi won the Golden ball for best player in the tournament, the longing stare at World Cup trophy says it all.