FIFA will be announcing the winner of the Puskás Award on January 7, 2013 along with the Ballon d’Or during the star-studded gala evening in Zurich.
Named after the legendary Hugarian striker Ferenc Puskás, the award is given to the player – male or female – judged to have scored the most aesthetically significant and “most beautiful” goal of the year. The award was presented for the first time in 2009, with Cristiano Ronaldo being the first winner. Turkey’s Hamit Altintop won the award the next year followed by Neymar in 2011.
This week, FIFA released the 10-goal shortlist. Take a look at each strike and then cast your vote for 2012’s best goal.
Agyemang Badu (Ghana v Guinea), Frebuary
Hatem Ben Arfa (Newcastle v Blackburn), January
Radamel Falcao (America de Cali v Atletico Madrid), May
Eric Hassli (Vancouver Whitecaps v Toronto FC), May
Olivia Jiminez (Mexico v Switzerland), August
Gaston Mealla (Nacional Potosi v The Strongest), January
Lionel Messi (Argentina v Brazil), May
Neymar (Santos v Internacional), March
Moussa Sow (Fenerbahce v Galatasaray), March
Miroslav Stoch (Fenerbahce v Genclerbirligi), March