Let’s vote Faiz for Puskas

> He can make his­tory as the first Malaysian to win

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY AMAR SHAH MOHSEN TO VOTE, GO TO www. fifa. com/ the- best- fi­fafoot­ball-awards/puskas-award/

PETALING JAYA: Malaysians are urged to vote in full force for lo­cal boy Mohd Faiz Subri ( pix), who has been nom­i­nated for Fifa’s 2016 Puskas award.

He stands to make his­tory as the first Malaysian (and Asian) to win the cov­eted award, which is ac­corded for the year’s most spec­tac­u­lar goal scored.

The diminu­tive No. 13 mid­fielder, who plays for Pe­nang in the Malaysian Su­per League, was short­listed with other great names such as Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Ney­mar af­ter ham­mer­ing in a 30-me­tre “knuck­le­ball” free­kick against Pa­hang in Fe­bru­ary.

Mohd Faiz’s screamer saw the ball swerv­ing from the left to right, de­ceiv­ing goal­keeper Nas­ril Nour­din, who re­mained rooted to the spot, as the ball hit the back of the net.

The goal was scored in a Su­per League match at Sta­dium Ban­daraya Pu­lau Pi­nang, as his team de­feated Pa­hang 4-1.

Many de­scribed the physics-de­fy­ing goal as rem­i­nis­cent of Brazilian Roberto Car­los’ stun­ner against France in a friendly match in 1997, which was claimed by some to be one of the great­est goals ever scored.

Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Ab­dul Razak tweeted: “I have voted, what about you? #FIFAPuskas #FaizSubri #Malaysi­aBoleh”.

The pub­lic are given un­til Dec 2 for the first round of vot­ing, fol­low­ing which the list will be trimmed down to three.

The sec­ond round of vot­ing will then com­mence un­til the win­ner is re­vealed dur­ing the Best Fifa Foot­ball Awards cer­e­mony in Zurich on Jan 9, 2017.

The Fifa Puskas award was in­tro­duced in 2009 in hon­our of Ferenc Puskás, the cap­tain and star of the Hun­gar­ian na­tional team dur­ing the 1950s.Past win­ners in­clude Por­tu­gal’s Cris­tiano Ron­aldo, Swe­den’s Zla­tan Ibrahi­movic and Colom­bia’s James Ro­driguez.

To vote, go to www.fifa.com/the-best-fi­fafoot­ball-awards/puskas-award/

Nas­ril looks on in shock as the ball swerves into the net af­ter Faiz's (cir­cled) epic free­kick.

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