FIFA Puskás Award
The FIFA Puskás Award is an award established on 20 October 2009 by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) at the behest of its President Sepp Blatter in order to award the player, male or female, judged to have scored the most aesthetically significant, or "most beautiful", goal of the year.
The award is in honor of Ferenc Puskás, the striker for Real Madrid team of the late 1950s and the 1960s, and central member of the highly successful Hungarian side of the same era. Puskás is widely considered by many to be the most powerful and prolific forward European football produced in first division football, and scored a once world record of 84 goals in 85 internationals. He is one of the top scorers of the 20th century with 512 goals in 528 matches.
"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," said Blatter at the inauguration of the award in Budapest.
The time-frame for the first award was July 2008 to July 2009. The annual award was presented for the first time during the 2009 FIFA World Player of the Year Gala on 21 December in Switzerland, with the Portuguese player, Cristiano Ronaldo, being the first prize winner.
- It should be a beautiful goal (subjective — the spread of goals should include long-range shots, team goals, overhead kicks, individual plays, etc.).
- The importance of the match should be taken into account (objective — limited to "A" international teams, confederation championships and national top-division club matches: the more important the goal, the better).
- The goal should not be the result of luck, mistakes or a deflection by a teammate or the other team.
- The goal should support fair play, i.e. the player should not have behaved badly in the game or have been charged with doping, for example.
Winners and Nominees
|1st||Hamit Altıntop||Turkey||Turkey||Kazakhstan||0–2||UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying Group A||40.55%|
|2nd||Linus Hallenius||Sweden||Hammarby IF||Syrianska FC||2–0||2010 Superettan||13.23%|
|3rd||Matty Burrows||Northern Ireland||Glentoran||Portadown||1–0||2010–11 IFA Premiership||10.61%|
|Unranked||Giovanni van Bronckhorst||Netherlands||Netherlands||Uruguay||1–0||2010 FIFA World Cup semi-final||N/A|
|Lionel Messi||Argentina||Barcelona||Valencia||3–0||2009–10 La Liga|
|Samir Nasri||France||Arsenal||F.C. Porto||5–0||2009–10 UEFA Champions League knockout phase|
|Neymar||Brazil||Santos||Santo André||2–1||2010 Campeonato Paulista|
|Arjen Robben||Netherlands||Bayern Munich||Schalke 04||1–0||2009–10 DFB-Pokal Semifinals|
|Siphiwe Tshabalala||South Africa||South Africa||Mexico||1–1||2010 FIFA World Cup Group stage|
|Kumi Yokoyama||Japan||Japan||North Korea||2–1||2010 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Semifinals|
|1st||Miroslav Stoch||Slovakia||Fenerbahçe||Gençlerbirliği||6–1||2011–12 Süper Lig||78%|
|2nd||Radamel Falcao||Colombia||Atlético Madrid||América de Cali||2–1||Friendly Match||15%|
|3rd||Neymar||Brazil||Santos||Internacional||3–1||2012 Copa Libertadores||7%|
|Unranked||Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu||Ghana||Ghana||Guinea||1–1||CAF 2012||N/A|
|Hatem Ben Arfa||France||Newcastle United||Blackburn Rovers||2–1||2011-12 FA Cup|
|Eric Hassli||France||Vancouver Whitecaps||Toronto||1–1||2012 Canadian Championship|
|Olivia Jimenez||Mexico||Mexico||Switzerland||2–0||2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup|
|Gastón Mealla||Bolivia||Nacional Potosí||The Strongest||2–2||Liga de Fútbol Profesional Boliviano|
|Lionel Messi||Argentina||Argentina||Brazil||4–3||Friendly match|
|Moussa Sow||Senegal||Fenerbahçe||Galatasaray||2–2||2011–12 Süper Lig|
The following list includes the nominees for the 2013 award. Voting was possible through the FIFA.com website until 9 December 2013, after a second voting round was held between the top three goals from the first round. The award to the winning goal from the second round was presented on 13 January 2014.
|1st||Zlatan Ibrahimović||Sweden||Sweden||England||4–2||Friendly international||48.7%|
|2nd||Nemanja Matić||Serbia||Benfica||Porto||2–2||2012–13 Primeira Liga||30.8%|
|3rd||Neymar||Brazil||Brazil||Japan||3–0||2013 FIFA Confederations Cup||20.5%|
|Unranked||Peter Ankersen||Denmark||Esbjerg||Aarhus||5–1||2013–14 Danish Superliga||N/A|
|Lisa De Vanna||Australia||Sky Blue||Boston Breakers||5–1||2013 National Women's Soccer League season|
|Antonio Di Natale||Italy||Udinese||Chievo||3–1||2012–13 Serie A|
|Panagiotis Kone||Greece||Bologna||Napoli||2–3||2012–13 Serie A|
|Louisa Nécib||France||Lyon||Saint-Etienne||5–0||2012–13 Division 1 Féminine|
|Daniel Ludueña||Argentina||Pachuca||UANL||2–1||2013–14 Liga MX season|
|Juan Manuel Olivera||Uruguay||Náutico||Sport Recife||2–0||2013 Copa Sudamericana|