Malaysia player beats Messi, Ney­mar to FIFA short­list

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A Malaysian foot­baller has beaten the likes of Ney­mar and Messi to score a place in FIFA’s short­list for top three goals of the year.

Mid­fielder Mo­hamad Faiz Subri’s cracker of a free kick for Pe­nang state in the Malaysian Su­per League in Fe­bru­ary was rem­i­nis­cent of the swerv­ing thun­der­bolt by Brazil leg­end Roberto Car­los against France in 1997.

Footage of the 29-year-old scor­ing a vi­ciously swerv­ing goal from 35 me­tres (115 feet) out has gone vi­ral, mak­ing him a sen­sa­tion in foot­ball-crazy Malaysia.

“This is some­thing I will never for­get and it mo­ti­vates me to im­prove my game fur­ther,” Faiz told AFP on Thurs­day. “Foot­ball brings peo­ple to­gether and foot­ball sup­port­ers here are of many races, Chi­nese, In­di­ans and Malays, and they voted for my goal,” he added.

Ten FIFA Puskas Award 2016 fi­nal­ists, cho­sen from thou­sands of goals scored around the world be­tween Septem­ber 2015 and Septem­ber 2016, were re­vealed last month.

FIFA an­nounced that Brazil’s Mar­lone and Venezuela’s wo­man foot­baller Stephanie Roche were join­ing Faiz on the short­list. The win­ner will be an­nounced on Jan­uary 9 in Zurich. For now, Malaysia’s foot­ball hero is play­ing it cool. “It’s not time for par­ty­ing yet,” Faiz said. “Let’s wait till Jan­uary 9.” —AFP

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