The FIFA Puskas Award is presented to the player, from either the men’s or women’s game, judged to have scored the best goal of the year. The award was established in 2009 by FIFA President Sepp Blatter in 2009 in honour of Hungary Legend Ferenk Puskas, who is also the all time top scorer of the 20th century. Puskas playing for Spanish Giants Real Madrid and his own country scored an astonishing 512 goals in 528 matches, which is still a world record.
Courtesy Wikipedia: Blatter during the inauguration and coinage of the FIFA Goal of the Year had said, “It is important to preserve the memory of those footballing greats who have left their mark on our history. Ferenc Puskás was not only a player with immense talent who won many honours, but also a remarkable man. FIFA is therefore delighted to pay tribute to him by dedicating this award to his memory.”
While Zlatan Ibrahimovic won the 2013 Award, with his audacious overhead kick against England getting the highest number of votes, today we here at Sportzwiki provide the top nominees for this year’s goal of the year.
Jonathan Soriano half line goal vs Ajax: The Salsburg player provided a moment of sheer magic with his audacious lob from just the half way line caught the Ajax Goalkeeper as the ball landed between the posts. A goal of sheer genius and stuff of which dreams are made of.
Gabi 40 yard goal vs Real Madrid: I wouldn’t be surprised if the Athletico man goes on to win the award from this immaculate and yet audacious goal from the half way line. The precision, accuracy and the sheer class epitomizes Athletico’s sky high confidence this season as try to break Barcelona and Real Madrid’s hegemony for the Spanish LA Liga title.
Wayne Rooney’s stunner vs West Ham: A rare moment of joy for David Moyes’ side this season was Wayne Rooney’s incredible goal following a delicious lob from the just over centre circle flummoxing West Ham Goalkeeper Adrian last weekend at the Hawthorns. A goal reminiscent of David Beckhma’s similar strike against Wimbeldon FC in 1996.
Kasami volley vs Crystal Palace: Another absolute ripper in the Premier League came from Fulham’s Pajtim Kasami whose sheer control, genius at shooting without looking, all in one instance took the Palace goalkeeper for surprise. Will go down as a contender for the Premier League goal of the season too.
Yet another Zlatan special: The Swede might win the award for the consecutive time, adding another one to his cabinet with this out of the world sublime scorpion goal against Bastia. Sit back and just admire. Dare to Zlatan