History is made as three women are named in the 2019 FIFA Puskas Award for first time ever

Billie Simpson

For the first time in history, three women have been named for the FIFA Puskas Award alongside seven other male players.

In past years, the World Goal of the Year nominees have only featured one or two women; however, this year, three out of the ten candidates are female. 

The first woman named in this year's selection is Cameroon's Ajara Nchout for her outstanding goal against New Zealand in this summer's World Cup. This is only the second time in the history of the prestigious FIFA award that a Cameroonian has been nominated, with Marcel Ndejng receiving a nomination in 2015. 

Next up is Amy Rodriguez with an impressive strike against Sky Blue FC in the NWSL earlier this year. Rodriguez, who currently plays for Utah Royals, makes an impulsive run down the centre of the pitch, launches a powerful strike from way outside the eighteen-yard box and curls it past the keeper. The Olympic gold medalist and World Cup winner joins Carli Lloyd and Heather O'Reilly as the only three American women ever nominated.

Northern Ireland's Billie Simpson is the third and final female nominated for her wondergoal against Sion Swifts in the Danske Bank Woman's Premiership. The Cliftonville Ladies defender's goal has received a lot of attention on social media and rightly so. Just as Sion Swift's goalie resumes play with a goal kick, Simpson volley's the ball from her half and sends it flying into the back of the net to the disbelief of her teammates and opposition.

The three women are up against Lionel Messi, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Crystal Palace's Andros Townsend for his incredible strike against Premier League champions Manchester City.

All ten goals are currently up for a public vote, with the top three then being put to a panel of FIFA legends who will ultimately decide the winner.

The winner will be announced at the Best FIFA Football Awards on September 23, in Milan.  

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