We’re midway through March but we’ve already had a couple of serious contenders for the 2016 FIFA Puskas Award - and now another can be added to that list, courtesy of Borac Cacak’s Miroljub Kostic.
Not familiar with the team or the player? Don’t worry - you’re not alone.
Borac Cacak were competing in the Serbian Cup against Javor Ivanjica this week when Kostic, a defensive midfielder, slammed the ball into the roof of the net with an absolute piledriver from at least 35 yards. (Scroll down this page to watch the video).
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This was a goal good enough to win any match but, unfortunately for Kostic, Borac Cacak were beaten 2-1.
Nevertheless, it could prove to be an important goal in the semi-final tie. The second leg takes place at Borac Cacak’s home ground on April 19 and, thanks to Kostic’s magnificent effort, there’s still all to play for.
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Video: Miroljub Kostic's screamer
For those interested - don’t pretend you’re not - Borac Cacak will play the winners of Partizan and Spartak Subotica in the Serbian Cup final.
Faiz Subri's free-kick was probably better
Although Kostic’s strike was a beauty, last month’s mind-blowing free-kick from Faiz Subri is surely the leading contender for the 2016 FIFA Puskas Award at the moment.
The Pulau Pinang star’s swerving free-kick, struck from 35 yards out, is one of the most remarkable set-pieces we’ve ever seen.
The current holder of the FIFA Puskas Award is a lesser-known Brazilian striker called Wendell Lira, who defied the odds to beat Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi to the coveted individual accolade in January.
The 27-year-old’s acrobatic effort for Goianesia was superb - and you could see what it meant to the forward by his reaction at the Ballon d’Or ceremony in Zurich - but, let’s be honest, Messi was robbed.
The Argentine’s goal against Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey final, no less, was a work of art.
Lira: I thought nomination was a joke
Speaking about his nomination for the award last December, Lira was quoted as telling Goal: "I was at my mother's house and it was impossible for the telephone to stop ringing, and the Whatsapp messages kept coming.
"Then I went to see what was happening and there were lots of messages congratulating me. I though it was a prank but they sent me the links and then I believed it. I was shocked."
On making the final three, he added: "Oh, it was another f***ing shock. I was leaving my house at around 12pm and a guy blocked my way. I thought I was f***ed, that he would assault me.
"But then he took out his phone and asked for a photo. After that he told me I was among the finalists.
"It was very emotional, a gift from God. It's an honour to be recognised outside Brazil, and I'm very happy to participate in the Fifa Puskas Award. It's like a dream, I didn't expect it.”
Miroljub Kostic, if you’re nominated for the Puskas Award, we hope you’re as happy as Lira!
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