The FIFA Puskás Award is an award established on 20 October 2009 by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), during the tenure of the then-president Sepp Blatter, in order to award the player, male or female, judged to have scored the most “most beautiful” goal of the calendar year (The time frame for the award was from July of the current year to the July of another year and the annual award was presented during the FIFA World Player of the Year Gala in Switzerland) and the award is in honor of FERENC PUSKÁS (Real Madrid and Hungarian striker, late 1950s and 1960s) He was widely considered to be the most powerful and prolific forward European football produced in first-division football, he had a once world record of 84 goals in 85 Internationals, he was also one of the top scorers of the 20th century, with 512 goals in 528 matches.
The top ten nominees of the 2019 Puskas Award was announced on Monday, 19th August 2019 by 15:00 CEST across FIFA’s Digital channels: FIFA.com, @FIFAcom and @FIFAWWC on Twitter (use #Puskas, to join in the conversation), The official FIFA Football Awards Facebook page, @fifaworldcup and @fifawomensworldcup on Instagram. Members registered with the FIFA.com Club can cast a single vote from the moment of the announcement until the close of voting on Sunday 1 September at midnight CEST. The top three finalists selected by the public vote will then be put up for a vote among FIFA Legends, who will decide the Puskás Award winner.
1) Billie Simpson (Cliftonville Ladies v Sion Swifts Ladies, 9 August 2018)
If there has ever been a better goal scored in the history of the Northern Ireland Women’s Premiership then we would like to see it.
2) Zlatan Ibrahimovic (LA Galaxy v Toronto FC, 28 September 2018)
In typical fashion, the Swede notched up his 500th career goal in some style. The 37-year-old taekwondo black belt utilised his martial arts background to devastating effect.
3) Andros Townsend (Manchester City v Crystal Palace, 22 December 2018)
Manchester City only dropped points once at home in the entire 2018-19 season. If any goal was worthy of taking two off the treble winners, then it was Townsend’s thunderbolt.
4) Lionel Messi (Real Betis v Barcelona, 17 March 2019)
The Argentinian sealed his spectacular hat-trick with a chip so good that it earned him a standing ovation from the entire Stadium.
5) Fabio Quagliarella (Sampdoria v Napoli, 2 September 2018)
The veteran striker rolled back the years with this outrageous piece of skill. The 36-year-old was Serie A’s top scorer last season, with this being the pick of his 26 goals.
6) Matheus Cunha (Bayer Leverkusen v Leipzig, 6 April 2019)
The then 19-year-old announced himself to the Bundesliga with some audacity as he finished off Champions League rivals Bayer Leverkusen.
7) Ajara Nchout (Cameroon v New Zealand, 20 June 2019)
There are few bigger stages to score a goal of such quality than a World Cup, and Nchout’s wonderful solo effort helped secure Cameroon’s only win of the competition.
8) Juan Fernando Quintero (River Plate v Racing Club, 10 February 2019)
The Colombian, who had a spell in Europe with Porto, has found his home in Argentina. He sent River fans into hysterics with this outrageous free-kick.
9) Amy Rodriguez (Utah Royals FC v Sky Blue FC, 16 June 2019)
The World Cup winner and two-time Olympic gold medallist might yet add a Puskás Award to her CV after this phenomenal run and strike.
10) Daniel Zsori, Debrecen vs Ferencvarosi TC, 16 February 2019
Many people would dream of scoring an overhead kick in the last minute to win a match for their team. Daniel Zsori is one of the few who have lived that dream.
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