It’s the time of the year when performances of footballers are assessed and the outstanding candidates are awarded medals and honours. Among the host of awards, one which draws much anticipation from fans and footballers themselves is FIFA Puskas Award. Puskas is awarded to a player who has scored the most beautiful goal in the entire footballing calendar year. Triumphing at the Puskas gala in Switzerland is not so easy as football witnesses thousands of goal in a year and to score the most aesthetically moving goal requires an incredible mix of skill, timing and execution.

Puskas Award was established in the honour of legendary Real Madrid striker Ferenc Puskas. The first recipient of the award in 2009 was Cristiano Ronaldo who scored rocket of a goal from long range against Porto in 2008-09 Champions League. Hamit Altıntop, Neymar, Miroslav Stoch, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, James Rodríguez, Wendell Lira and Mohd Faiz Subri have gone on to collect the award in following years.

After FIFA announced the list of 10 nominees for the prestigious award earlier in September, three finalists were concluded on October 9 post the first round of voting.

 

Deyna Castellanos
The Venezuelan teenager is a rising sensation in the women’s football and has been reaping praises for her wonderful football skills. She scored an unreal goal from halfway line while representing her country in FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Jordan.

 

Olivier Giroud
The Arsenal target man attempted a tremendous shot at goal with a scorpion kick and magically converted it against Crystal Palace in a Premier League match. Not known to be a very agile footballer, but the ease that Frenchman showed while scoring the goal makes it truly beautiful.

 

Oscarine Masuluke
Goalkeepers are supposed to stop goals and if they can score a goal once in a while then it’s well and good. This South African goalie set a benchmark when he scored a sensational goal after perfectly executing a bicycle kick on the ball from more than 10 yards.

First Published | 10 October 2017 4:51 PM
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