Lionel Messi, Neymar and a Johan Cruyff-style turn from Hal Robson-Kanu are among 10 candidates to win the Fifa Puskas Award for goal of the year. The winner of the award, named after the late Hungary captain Ferenc Puskas, will be decided by the public and announced at Fifa's annual player of the year ceremony on 9 January, 2017.
Fifa said an online vote until 2 December will create a shortlist of three goals. A second round of voting will decide the winner at Fifa's annual awards ceremony in Zurich. You can vote for your favourite goal here.
The 10 goals were scored between 30 September, 2015 and 20 September, 2016. Take a look at all the 10 nominees below.
1. Lionel Messi
Messi has been nominated for a curling, left-footed free kick for Argentina against the United States in a Copa America Centenario semi-final match in June.
2. Neymar Jr.
Neymar turned to volley a right-footed shot from his own looping flick for Barcelona against Villarreal in November 2015. The Brazil forward previously won the 2011 Puskas Award for a goal scored for Santos.
3. Hal Robson-Kanu
Wales beat heavily favored Belgium in a European Championship quarterfinal in July, taking the lead when Robson-Kanu created space by misdirecting three defenders with a deft Cruyff turn.
Fifa has always preferred acrobatic volleys when choosing candidates but did include Robson-Kanu's goal, which was as much about the flowing build up from the back as the forward's superb turn and finish.
4. Simon Skrabb
A goal scored with a scorpion kick in the Swedish league was included on the shortlist.
Simon Skrabb of Swedish side Atvidaberg scored one of the most unorthodox goals of the goals. Kristian Bergstrom hit a hard, low cross into the area and, although the ball went behind Skrabb, the Finnish player threw himself forward and manage to turn it into the net with his raised heel.
It was reminiscent of the so-called scorpion save performed by Colombia goalkeeper Rene Higuita in a friendly against England in 1992.
5. Mario Gaspar
Mario Gaspar's scissors kick in last year's Spain against England friendly was also among the 10 candidates. Galloping forwards from defence, Gaspar watched a chipped Cesc Fabregas through ball fall over his shoulder before hitting a spinning scissor kick in mid-air past a diving Joe Hart.
6. Mohd Faiz Subri
Mohd Faiz Subri, of Malaysian Super League side Penang, was nominated for a 35-metre free kick in which the ball dipped and swung in a bewildering fashion to leave the goalkeeper stranded.
7. Hlompho Kekana
South Africa's Hlompho Kekana, another unlikely candidate, earned his place after scoring from inside his own half during the Nations Cup qualifier against Cameroon in March.
Having won possession near the touchline, Kekana spotted the goalkeeper off his line and unleashed his effort from around 60 metres — the 30-year-old's first goal for his country.
8. Saul Niguez
They include Saul Niguez's solo dribble for Atletico Madrid through the Bayern Munich defense in a Champions League semi-final in April. Niguez shrugged off the challenge of Thiago Alcantara, danced between Juan Bernat and Xabi Alonso, and then opened up his body and curled an effort past Manuel Neuer.
9. Daniuska Rodriguez
Also in the nominees was a winding solo effort from the women's Under-17 South American championship, scored by Venezuela's Daniuska Rodriguez. Daniuska Rodríguez was one of the undoubted stars of the tournament, scoring six goals to help hosts Venezuela won the title. For her nominated goal, she some intricate footwork, before blasting the ball into the roof of the net against Colombia in the final group stage.
Attacking midfielder Marlone's second goal Brazilaian heavyweights Corinthians is worth a watch. In a in a Copa Libertadores clash against Chilean club Cobresal, Marlone chested the ball int the air and scissor-kicked the ball in mid-air toward goal, seeing it fly their goalkeeper.
(With inputs from agencies)
Published Date: Nov 22, 2016 05:46 pm | Updated Date: Nov 22, 2016 05:49 pm