FIFA Puskás Award

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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 then-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 calendar 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 (1st) 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".[1]
  • It should not be the result of luck, mistakes, deflection by another player or the player in a offside position.
  • 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[edit]

Scores and results list the player's club goal tally first.


Cristiano Ronaldo's 40-yard strike, earned him the inaugural FIFA Puskás Award. He later went on to call it the best goal he had ever scored.[2]
Rank Player Team Opponent Score Competition Vote percentage
1st Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo England Manchester United Portugal Porto 1–0 2008–09 UEFA Champions League 17.68%
2nd Spain Andrés Iniesta Spain Barcelona England Chelsea 1–1 2008–09 UEFA Champions League 15.64%
3rd Brazil Grafite Germany Wolfsburg Germany Bayern Munich 5–1 2008–09 Bundesliga 13.39%
4th Israel Eliran Atar Israel Bnei Yehuda Israel Maccabi Netanya 1–1 2008–09 Israeli Premier League 13.36%
5th Spain Fernando Torres England Liverpool England Blackburn Rovers 4–0 2008–09 Premier League 9.44%
6th Brazil Nilmar Brazil Internacional Brazil Corinthians 1–0 2009 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A 8.71%
7th Ghana Michael Essien England Chelsea Spain Barcelona 1–1 2008–09 UEFA Champions League 7.89%
8th Mexico Luis Ángel Landín Mexico Cruz Azul Mexico Morelia 1–1 Liga MX Clausura 2009 7.30%
9th Togo Emmanuel Adebayor England Arsenal Spain Villarreal 1–1 2008–09 UEFA Champions League 4.04%
10th South Africa Katlego Mphela  South Africa  Spain 3–2 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup 2.59%


Rank Player Team Opponent Score Competition Vote percentage
1st Turkey Hamit Altıntop  Turkey  Kazakhstan 2–0 UEFA Euro 2012 qualifier 40.55%
2nd Sweden Linus Hallenius Sweden Hammarby IF Sweden Syrianska FC 2–0 2010 Superettan 13.23%
3rd Netherlands Giovanni van Bronckhorst  Netherlands  Uruguay 1–0 2010 FIFA World Cup 10.61%
Unranked Northern Ireland Matty Burrows Northern Ireland Glentoran Northern Ireland Portadown 1–0 2010–11 IFA Premiership N/A
Argentina Lionel Messi Spain Barcelona Spain Valencia 3–0 2009–10 La Liga
France Samir Nasri England Arsenal Portugal Porto 5–0 2009–10 UEFA Champions League
Brazil Neymar Brazil Santos Brazil Santo André 2–1 2010 Campeonato Paulista
Netherlands Arjen Robben Germany Bayern Munich Germany Schalke 04 1–0 2009–10 DFB-Pokal
South Africa Siphiwe Tshabalala  South Africa  Mexico 1–1 2010 FIFA World Cup
Japan Kumi Yokoyama Japan Japan North Korea North Korea 2–1 2010 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup


Neymar at the 2011 FIFA Club World Cup. The youngest FIFA Puskás Award winner.
Rank Player Team Opponent Score Competition Vote percentage
1st Brazil Neymar Brazil Santos Brazil Flamengo 4–5 2011 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A N/A
Unranked Belgium Benjamin De Ceulaer Belgium Lokeren Belgium Club Brugge 1–2 2011–12 Belgian Pro League
Mexico Giovani dos Santos  Mexico  United States 4–2 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup
Mexico Julio Gómez Mexico Mexico Germany Germany 3–2 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup
Sweden Zlatan Ibrahimović Italy Milan Italy Lecce 1–1 2010–11 Serie A
Argentina Lisandro López Argentina Arsenal de Sarandí Argentina Olimpo 2–2 Argentine Primera División Apertura 2011
Argentina Lionel Messi Spain Barcelona England Arsenal 3–1 2010–11 UEFA Champions League
United States Heather O'Reilly United States United States Colombia Colombia 3–0 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup
England Wayne Rooney England Manchester United England Manchester City 2–1 2010–11 Premier League
Serbia Dejan Stanković Italy Internazionale Germany Schalke 04 2–5 2010–11 UEFA Champions League


Rank Player Team Opponent Score Competition Vote percentage[3]
1st Slovakia Miroslav Stoch Turkey Fenerbahçe Turkey Gençlerbirliği 1–0 2011–12 Süper Lig 78%
2nd Colombia Radamel Falcao Spain Atlético Madrid Colombia América de Cali 2–1 Friendly 15%
3rd Brazil Neymar Brazil Santos Brazil Internacional 3–1 2012 Copa Libertadores 7%
Unranked Ghana Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu  Ghana  Guinea 1–1 2012 Africa Cup of Nations N/A
France Hatem Ben Arfa England Newcastle United England Blackburn Rovers 2–1 2011–12 FA Cup
France Eric Hassli Canada Vancouver Whitecaps Canada Toronto FC 1–1 2012 Canadian Championship
Mexico Olivia Jiménez Mexico Mexico Switzerland Switzerland 2–0 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup
Bolivia Gastón Mealla Bolivia Nacional Potosí Bolivia The Strongest 2–2 2011–12 Liga de Fútbol Profesional Boliviano
Argentina Lionel Messi Argentina Argentina Brazil Brazil 4–3 Friendly
Senegal Moussa Sow Turkey Fenerbahçe Turkey Galatasaray 2–2 2011–12 Süper Lig


Zlatan Ibrahimović's 35-yard overhead kick with his back to goal, won him praise from players and pundits, with the BBC describing it as a goal that "combined unfathomable imagination and expert technique".[4]

The following list includes the nominees for the 2013 award. Voting was possible through the 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.

Rank Player Team Opponent Score Competition Vote percentage[5]
1st Sweden Zlatan Ibrahimović  Sweden  England 4–2 Friendly 48.7%
2nd Serbia Nemanja Matić Portugal Benfica Portugal Porto 2–2 2012–13 Primeira Liga 30.8%
3rd Brazil Neymar  Brazil  Japan 1–0 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup 20.5%
Unranked Denmark Peter Ankersen Denmark Esbjerg Denmark Aarhus 5–1 2013–14 Superliga N/A
France Louisa Cadamuro France Lyon France Saint-Étienne 5–0 2012–13 Division 1 Féminine
Australia Lisa De Vanna United States Sky Blue United States Boston Breakers 5–1 2013 National Women's Soccer League
Italy Antonio Di Natale Italy Udinese Italy Chievo 3–1 2012–13 Serie A
Greece Panagiotis Kone Italy Bologna Italy Napoli 2–3 2012–13 Serie A
Argentina Daniel Ludueña Mexico Pachuca Mexico UANL 2–1 Liga MX Apertura 2013
Uruguay Juan Manuel Olivera Brazil Náutico Brazil Sport Recife 2–0 2013 Copa Sudamericana


James Rodriguez's volley was described as "one of the greatest goals the World Cup has ever seen" by Uruguayan manager Óscar Tabárez, who also called James "the best player in the World Cup."[6]

The nominees for 2014 were announced on 12 November.[7]

Rank Player Team Opponent Score Competition Vote percentage[8]
1st Colombia James Rodríguez  Colombia  Uruguay 1–0 2014 FIFA World Cup 42%
2nd Republic of Ireland Stephanie Roche Republic of Ireland Peamount United Republic of Ireland Wexford Youths 2–0 2013–14 Irish Women's National League 33%
3rd Netherlands Robin van Persie  Netherlands  Spain 5–1 2014 FIFA World Cup 11%
Unranked Australia Tim Cahill  Australia  Netherlands 2–3 2014 FIFA World Cup N/A
Spain Diego Costa Spain Atlético Madrid Spain Getafe 7–0 2013–14 La Liga
Mexico Marco Fabián Mexico Cruz Azul Mexico Puebla 1–0 Liga MX Clausura 2014
Sweden Zlatan Ibrahimović France Paris Saint-Germain France Bastia 4–0 2013–14 Ligue 1
Switzerland Pajtim Kasami England Fulham England Crystal Palace 4–1 2013–14 Premier League
Brazil Camilo Sanvezzo Canada Vancouver Whitecaps United States Portland Timbers 2–2 2013 MLS
Japan Hisato Satō Japan Sanfrecce Hiroshima Japan Kawasaki Frontale 2–1 2014 J. League Division 1


FIFA announced the list of 10 nominees on 12 November 2015.[9]

Rank Player Team Opponent Score Competition Vote percentage[10]
1st Brazil Wendell Lira Brazil Goianésia Brazil Atlético Goianiense 1–0 2015 Campeonato Goiano 46.7%
2nd Argentina Lionel Messi Spain Barcelona Spain Athletic Bilbao 1–0 2014–15 Copa del Rey 33.3%
3rd Italy Alessandro Florenzi Italy Roma Spain Barcelona 1–1 2015–16 UEFA Champions League 7.1%
Unranked England David Ball England Fleetwood Town England Preston North End 2–2 2014–15 League One N/A
Uruguay Chory Castro Spain Real Sociedad Spain Deportivo La Coruña 2–1 2014–15 La Liga
United States Carli Lloyd United States United States Japan Japan 4–0 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup
France Philippe Mexès Italy Milan Italy Inter Milan 1–0 Friendly
Cameroon Marcel Ndjeng Germany Paderborn England Bolton Wanderers 3–1 Friendly
Costa Rica Esteban Ramírez Costa Rica Herediano Costa Rica Deportivo Saprissa 3–1 Liga FPD Invierno 2014
Argentina Carlos Tevez Italy Juventus Italy Parma 4–0 2014–15 Serie A


FIFA announced the list of 10 nominees on 21 November 2016.[11]

Rank Player Team Opponent Score Competition Vote percentage[12]
1st Malaysia Mohd Faiz Subri Malaysia Penang Malaysia Pahang 4–1 2016 Malaysia Super League 59.46%
2nd Brazil Marlone Brazil Corinthians Chile Cobresal 3–0 2016 Copa Libertadores 22.86%
3rd Venezuela Daniuska Rodríguez Venezuela Venezuela Colombia Colombia 1–0 2016 South American U-17 Women's Championship 10.01%
Unranked Spain Mario Gaspar  Spain  England 1–0 Friendly N/A
South Africa Hlompho Kekana  South Africa  Cameroon 2–1 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier
Argentina Lionel Messi  Argentina  United States 2–0 Copa América Centenario
Brazil Neymar Spain Barcelona Spain Villarreal 3–0 2015–16 La Liga
Spain Saúl Ñíguez Spain Atlético Madrid Germany Bayern Munich 1–0 2015–16 UEFA Champions League
Wales Hal Robson-Kanu  Wales  Belgium 2–1 UEFA Euro 2016
Finland Simon Skrabb Sweden Åtvidabergs FF Sweden Gefle IF 1–0 2015 Allsvenskan


Olivier Giroud's backheeled "scorpion kick" volley was described by then-Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger as the greatest he had seen at the Emirates Stadium.[13]

FIFA announced the list of 10 nominees on 22 September 2017.[14]

Rank Player Team Opponent Score Competition Vote percentage
1st France Olivier Giroud England Arsenal England Crystal Palace 1–0 2016–17 Premier League 36.17%
2nd South Africa Oscarine Masuluke South Africa Baroka South Africa Orlando Pirates 1–1 2016–17 South African Premier Division 27.48%
3rd Venezuela Deyna Castellanos Venezuela Venezuela Cameroon Cameroon 2–1 2016 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup 20.47%
Unranked Ghana Kevin-Prince Boateng Spain Las Palmas Spain Villarreal 1–0 2016–17 La Liga N/A
Argentina Alejandro Camargo Chile Universidad de Concepción Chile O'Higgins 3–1 Chilean Primera División Apertura 2016
France Moussa Dembélé Scotland Celtic Scotland St Johnstone 5–2 2016–17 Scottish Premiership
Colombia Avilés Hurtado Mexico Tijuana Mexico Atlas 1–1 Liga MX Clausura 2017
Croatia Mario Mandžukić Italy Juventus Spain Real Madrid 1–1 2016–17 UEFA Champions League
Serbia Nemanja Matić England Chelsea England Tottenham Hotspur 4–2 2016–17 FA Cup
Spain Jordi Mboula Spain Barcelona Germany Borussia Dortmund 4–1 2016–17 UEFA Youth League


Mohamed Salah was handed 2018's FIFA Puskás Award for a cracking left-footer swirl against Everton F.C. in the Merseyside Derby.

FIFA announced the list of 10 nominees on 3 September 2018.[15]

Rank Player Team Opponent Score Competition Vote percentage[16]
1st Egypt Mohamed Salah England Liverpool England Everton 1–0 2017–18 Premier League 38%
2nd Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo Spain Real Madrid Italy Juventus 3–0 2017–18 UEFA Champions League 22%
3rd Uruguay Giorgian De Arrascaeta Brazil Cruzeiro Brazil América Mineiro 1–0 2018 Campeonato Mineiro 17%
Unranked Wales Gareth Bale Spain Real Madrid England Liverpool 2–1 2017–18 UEFA Champions League N/A
Russia Denis Cheryshev  Russia  Croatia 1–0 2018 FIFA World Cup
Greece Lazaros Christodoulopoulos Greece AEK Athens Greece Olympiacos 2–2 2017–18 Superleague Greece
Australia Riley McGree Australia Newcastle Jets Australia Melbourne City 1–1 2017–18 A-League
Argentina Lionel Messi  Argentina  Nigeria 1–0 2018 FIFA World Cup
France Benjamin Pavard  France  Argentina 2–2 2018 FIFA World Cup
Portugal Ricardo Quaresma  Portugal  Iran 1–0 2018 FIFA World Cup

Awards won by nationality[edit]

Country Win(s) Year(s)
 Brazil 2 2011, 2015
 Portugal 1 2009
 Turkey 1 2010
 Slovakia 1 2012
 Sweden 1 2013
 Colombia 1 2014
 Malaysia 1 2016
 France 1 2017
 Egypt 1 2018

Most nominations received[edit]

Lionel Messi has been nominated a record 6 times, more than any other in the award's history.
Player Time
Argentina Lionel Messi[17] 6
Brazil Neymar[18] 5
Sweden Zlatan Ibrahimović 3

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Rules Of Allocation" (PDF). Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  2. ^ "Ronaldo stunner thrills Ferguson". BBC Sport. 15 April 2009. Archived from the original on 17 April 2009. Retrieved 15 April 2009.
  3. ^ "FIFA Puskás Award 2012 – Results" (PDF). FIFA. Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 January 2013. Retrieved 4 February 2013.
  4. ^ "Zlatan Ibrahimovic goal like 'a video game', says Sweden coach". BBC Sport. 14 November 2012. Retrieved 15 November 2012.
  5. ^ "FIFA Puskás Award 2013 – Results" (PDF). FIFA. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 January 2014. Retrieved 11 January 2014.
  6. ^ "Colombia's James Rodríguez sizzles to end Uruguay World Cup saga". The Guardian. 29 June 2014. Retrieved 30 June 2014.
  7. ^ "FIFA Puskás Award: Ten best goals of the year announced". 12 November 2014. Retrieved 13 November 2014.
  8. ^ "FIFA Puskás award 2014 – results" (PDF). Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 12 January 2015. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  9. ^ "FIFA Puskás Award 2015 Nominees". 12 November 2015. Retrieved 14 November 2015.
  10. ^ "FIFA Puskás award 2015 – results" (PDF). Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 11 January 2016. Retrieved 11 January 2016.
  11. ^ "FIFA Puskás Award 2016 Nominees". Retrieved 21 November 2016.
  12. ^ "FIFA Puskás award 2016 – results" (PDF). Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 10 January 2017. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  13. ^ "Arsene Wenger hails Olivier Giroud's scorpion kick as the greatest goal he has ever seen at the Emirates Stadium". Daily Mail. 1 January 2017.
  14. ^ "FIFA Puskás Award 2017 Nominees". Retrieved 22 September 2018.
  15. ^ "FIFA Puskás Award 2018 Nominees". Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  16. ^ "FIFA Football Awards 2018 – Voting Results" (PDF). Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  17. ^ "The 10 candidates for the 2018 Puskas award - MARCA in English". MARCA in English. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  18. ^ "FC Barcelona's Neymar Jr and Leo Messi, up for the 2016 Puskas Award | FC Barcelona". FC Barcelona. Retrieved 21 November 2016.

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