Messi & Neymar nominated for FIFA Puskas Award 2012
Lionel Messi, Radamel Falcao and Neymar nominated for FIFA Puskas Award 2012
FIFA have released the 10 nominations for the annual Puskas Award, otherwise known as the Goal of the Year, and Lionel Messi, Radamel Falcao and Neymar have all been nominated.
But Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored 46 La Liga goals last season, misses out. From Mexico to Turkey, from Ghana to Canada, FIFA has scoured the world to unearth the best goals of the last year, and while there are a few names you've probably never heard of, there's a few old faces as well.
As for the criteria, FIFA values aesthetics - long range shots, team goals, overhead kicks - the importance of the match, the absence of luck or opposition mistake and fair play.
Last year's winner, Brazilian forward Neymar, is nominated once again for his stunning goal against Internacional, while Leo Messi's sole wonder strike for Argentina against Brazil gets the nod.
Newcastle star Hatem Ben Afra is the only Premier League representative. His 60 yard sprint through the Bolton defence enough to earn a nomination, but he faces tough competition from Miroslav Stoch - a stunning volley - and Gaston Maella - an incredible scorpion kick.
Anyway here are the ten nominations, click each link to watch the respective goals…