The very thing that makes the beautiful game beautiful is something that’s tough to quantify – which is why FIFA leave it in the hands of the fans to vote for the winner of the annual PuskÄ‚Ë‡s Award for Goal of the Year 2010.
Last year, the PuskÄ‚Ë‡s Award was claimed by Cristiano Ronaldo for his goal in the original Superfly against FC Porto in the Away leg of Manchester United’s Champions League clash with the Portuguese titans.
Today, FIFA announced the 10 contenders hoping to take the crown from the Real Madrid Frontman:
Hamit Altintop – Turkey
Matty Burrows – Northern Ireland
Linus Hallenius – Sweden
Lionel Messi – Argentina
Samir Nasri – France
Neymar – Brazil
Arjen Robben – Netherlands
Siphiwe Tshabalala – South Africa
Giovanni van Bronckhorst – Netherlands
Kumi Yokoyama – Japan
All of the goals nominated are available for your viewing delectation over on the FIFA Website, but we’ve picked out 3 our of favourites:
1. Lionel Messi vs Valencia
Messi dances his way between 3 of Valencia’s back 4 before hammering it home near post. The great thing about this goal, is that watching it close-up the ball doesn’t move as much as you think it does, it’s actually Messi using his body and feet to fake and dummy his way into the 6-yard box – before finishing the move with an unorthodox near-post finish.
2. Matty Burrows vs Portadown
We’re betting this lad is thrilled to be on the same list as the likes of Messi & Van Bronckhurst! A deft little flick off the heels of his football boots secures a 92 minute win – it’s the sort of thing we all dream of, but Matty Burrows is actually in line for some FIFA praise for pulling it off – Take a Bow, Son!
3. Linus Hallenius vs Syrianska
Every player catches the ball completely flush once every few games, and there’s really no better feeling in the world than hammering a ball into the far post. Well, that was what we thought anyway – until we saw Hallenius control the ball on his chest, flick the ball over his marker and then spank the ball into the far top corner. Ludicrous stuff!
To vote for your favourite and see the other nominees for Goal of the Year head on over to FIFA.com and enter – but make sure you come straight back and tell us which one you voted for and why!