Messi, Neymar, RobsonKanu go for FIFA award
Lionel Messi, Neymar and a Johan Cruyff-style turn from Hal Robson-Kanu are among 10 candidates to win the FIFA Puskas Award for goal of the year.
Messi has been nominated for a curling, leftfooted free kick for Argentina against the United States in a Copa America Centenario semifinal match in June.
Neymar turned to volley a right-footed shot from his own looping flick for Barcelona against Villarreal in November 2015. The Brazil forward previously won the 2011 Puskas Award for a goal scored for Santos.
Wales beat heavily favoured Belgium in a European Championship quarterfinal in July, taking the lead when RobsonKanu created space by misdirecting three defenders with a deft Cruyff turn.
FIFA said an online vote until December 2 will create a shortlist of three goals. A second round of voting will decide the winner at FIFA’s annual awards ceremony in Zurich on 9 January.
The 10 goals were scored between 30 September, 2015 and 30 September, 2016.
They include Saul Niguez’s solo dribble for Atletico Madrid through the Bayern Munich defence in a Champions League semifinal in April.
From inside his own half, Hlompho Kekana scored for South Africa against Cameroon in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in March.
A diving back-heel flick by Simon Skrabb scored in a Swedish league game for Atvidaberg against Gefle in October 2015.
The other candidates are: Mario Gaspar (for Spain vs. England, friendly, November 2015); Marlone (for Corinthians vs. Cobresal, Copa Libertadores, April 2016); Daniuska Rodriguez (for Venezuela vs. Colombia, South American Women’s Under-17 Championship, March 2016); Mohd Faiz Subri (for Penang vs. Pahang, Malaysia Super League, February 2016).