Lionel Messi, Neymar, Radamel Falcao Headline Shortlist for FIFA Puskas Award
The shortlist for this year's FIFA Puskas Award is out, and Neymar finds himself in familiar territory.
Neymar, the free-scoring, 20-year-old Brazilian starlet, is among the 10 nominees for world football's governing body's goal of the year. Apparently that means FIFA doesn't believe a great goal will be scored between now and Dec. 31, but we'll let that slide.
Instead, let's focus on the goals. Neymar's effort is above. It comes from a Santos match against Internacional on March 7, 2012.
As you can see in the video, Neymar weaves his way in and out of traffic in a barnstorming run down almost the entire length of the pitch. After all that, he beats the keeper with a perfectly timed one-on-one shot.
We've all seen it before, but that's no matter. This one is good enough to be our Set Piece Video of the Day again. Enjoy, again.
The rest of the videos, including Lionel Messi's against Brazil, are all in one place here at FIFA's official website. Be sure to click through the nominees. The list includes some amazing goals.
Here are all 10 nominees for the 2012 award:
Agyemang Badu, Ghana vs. Guinea, Feb. 1
Hatem Ben Arfa, Newcastle vs. Blackburn, Jan. 7
Radamel Falcao, America de Cali vs. Atletico Madrid, May 19
Eric Hassli, Vancouver vs. Toronto, May 16 (Note: Hassli joined Toronto later in the year.)
Olivia Jimenez, Mexico vs. Switzerland, Aug. 22
Gaston Mealla, Nacional Potosi vs. The Strongest, Jan. 29
Lionel Messi, Brazil vs. Argentina, June 9
Neymar, Santos vs. Internacional, March 7
Moussa Sow, Fenerbahce vs. Galatasaray, March 17
Miroslav Stoch, Fenerbahce vs. Genclerbirligi, March 3
As you can see, the only team with multiple nominees is Turkish club Fenerbahce. Both of those goals came in March.
March produced three goals, while January and May had two each.
Which was your favorite of the year? Let us know in the comments section.
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