FIFA Puskás Award
The FIFA Puskás Award [ˈpuʃkaːʃ] is an award established on 20 October 2009 by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), at the behest of former 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 of Real Madrid at 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.).
- It should be awarded "without distinction of championship, gender or nationality". 
- It should not be the result of luck, mistakes or a deflection by another player.
- It 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||Syrianska||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||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||Neymar||Brazil||Santos||Flamengo||4–5||2011 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A||N/A|
|Unranked||Lionel Messi||Argentina||Barcelona||Arsenal||3–1||2010–11 UEFA Champions League knockout phase|
|Wayne Rooney||England||Manchester United||Manchester City||2–1||2010–11 Premier League|
|Benjamin De Ceulaer||Belgium||Lokeren||Club Brugge||1–2||2011–12 Belgian Pro League|
|Giovani dos Santos||Mexico||Mexico||United States||4–2||2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup Final|
|Julio Gómez||Mexico||Mexico||Germany||3–2||2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup Semifinals|
|Zlatan Ibrahimović||Sweden||Milan||Lecce||1–1||2010–11 Serie A|
|Lisandro López||Argentina||Arsenal de Sarandí||Olimpo||2–2||2011 Torneo Apertura|
|Heather O'Reilly||United States||United States||Colombia||3–0||2011 FIFA Women's World Cup group stage|
|Dejan Stanković||Serbia||Inter Milan||Schalke 04||2–5||2010–11 UEFA Champions League quarter-final|
|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 FC||1–1||2012 Canadian Championship|
|Olivia Jiménez||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||International friendly||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-Étienne||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|
The nominees for 2014 were announced on 12 November.
|1st||James Rodríguez||Colombia||Colombia||Uruguay||2–0||2014 FIFA World Cup||42%|
|2nd||Stephanie Roche||Ireland||Peamount United||Wexford Youths||2–0||2013–14 Women's National League||33%|
|3rd||Robin van Persie||Netherlands||Netherlands||Spain||5–1||2014 FIFA World Cup||11%|
|Unranked||Tim Cahill||Australia||Australia||Netherlands||2–3||2014 FIFA World Cup||N/A|
|Diego Costa||Spain||Atlético Madrid||Getafe||7–0||2013–14 La Liga|
|Marco Fabián||Mexico||Cruz Azul||Puebla||1–0||2013–14 Liga MX season|
|Zlatan Ibrahimović||Sweden||Paris Saint-Germain||Bastia||4–0||2013–14 Ligue 1|
|Pajtim Kasami||Switzerland||Fulham||Crystal Palace||4–1||2013–14 Premier League|
|Camilo Sanvezzo||Brazil||Vancouver Whitecaps||Portland Timbers||2–2||2013 MLS|
|Hisato Satō||Japan||Sanfrecce Hiroshima||Kawasaki Frontale||2–1||2014 J. League|
FIFA announced its list of 10 2015 nominees in November.
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