Faiz Subri should probably start saving up for a posh suit because there’s a good chance he’ll be invited to the FIFA Ballon d’Or ceremony in Zurich next January.
The 28-year-old has scored a contender for the coveted Puskas Award - and surely the best goal of 2016 so far - while playing for Pulau Pinang against Pahang in the Malaysian Super League.
From fully 35 yards out, the attacking midfielder whipped the ball with the outside of his right foot and it miraculously swerved into the opposite corner of the net. It was a truly magnificent strike and you can watch it by scrolling down to the video on this page.
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To get that much swerve on the ball is insane: either it was a wind-assisted goal or he has a magical right foot.
The goalkeeper didn’t have a clue what was happening and neither did anybody else inside the stadium. It was a once-in-a-lifetime strike.
Video: Faiz Subri's amazing free-kick
Comparisons with Roberto Carlos free-kick
Subri’s goal has earned comparisons to the legendary free-kick scored by Roberto Carlos for Brazil against France at the Tournoi de France in 1997.
Carlos’ left-footed strike contained a ridiculous amount of swerve, but Subri’s goal is something else.
More reminiscent of Papiss Cisse v Chelsea?
The goal was perhaps a little more reminiscent of Papiss Cisse’s curler for Newcastle United against Chelsea back in 2012.
It wasn’t a free-kick but it was an outside-of-the-boot strike from the left-hand side of the pitch that swerved into the top right-hand corner over Petr Cech.
Wendell Lira won Puskas Award in January
The 2015 Puskas Award was won by Wendell Lira, a lesser-known Brazilian striker who defied the odds to beat Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi to the coveted individual accolade.
The 27-year-old’s acrobatic effort for Goianesia earned him the prize - and the one-time waiter’s reaction said it all. He struggled to hold back the tears on stage.
Many felt that Messi was robbed and perhaps they had a point - the Argentina international’s solo effort against Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey final was a work of art - but even the five-time Ballon d’Or winner must have felt warm inside after watching the humble Lira collect the award.
Hopefully we’ll see similar scenes from Subri in 11 months’ time.
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