Bursaspor's Iasmin Latovlevici has scored a 2019/20 Puskas Award contender

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There are few more entertaining accolades in the sport than the Puskas Award.

Sure, it's nice to crown the world's best player each year with the Ballon d'Or, but what do statistics and trophies compare to some of the greatest goals you've ever seen?

We're inclined to think the integrity of the award was somewhat tainted last year but - Mohamed Salah's bizarre victory aside - it's always a true masterpiece that takes the victory.

Besides, you know a trend is being set when Cristiano Ronaldo's thunderbolt against FC Porto in 2009 was the inaugural winner. 

And now with the footballing awards season on the horizon, the next batch of nominations have been announced ahead of FIFA's 'The Best' ceremony.

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Andros Townsend has made the cut for his belter against Manchester City, Lionel Messi has earned a record seventh nomination with his Real Betis chip and Zlatan Ibrahimovic is in contention for his latest acrobatic strike.

However, just because you're a name-player, it doesn't mean that you're necessary going to take the award and it seems we already have a great nomination for next year.

That's right, the 2019-20 season is still in its infancy but, technically speaking, that means that FIFA should already be keeping an eye on the Puskas Award after the next.


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Iasmin Latovlevici will have caught the attention of selectors last night after his strike during Bursaspor's 2-0 victory at Eskisehirspor went viral. 

With the three points already secured going into stoppage time, Bursaspor took a quick free-kick from around the halfway line and picked out Latovlevici as he sprinted into the penalty area.

Take a great first touch and cross it into the danger zone? Nope, Latovlevici met the free-kick with a first-time volley that absolutely rocketed past the Eskisehirspor goalkeeper.

Check out the remarkable goal down below:

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Without the ball even touching the ground after the initial delivery, Bursaspor produced one of the best goals you'll see all season and don't be surprised if you're reminded of it next year.

What makes the situation all the more bizarre is that Latovlevici usually plays as a left-back and - despite his absolute worldie - has scored less than 20 goals in his career.


But this one was certainly worth the wait and reminds us a little of the time Hamit Altintop won the Puskas Award for a similar volley during Turkey vs Kazakhstan.

Of course, there is still plenty of time for Latovlevici to see his incredible strike rivalled, but it might take one of the greatest strikes we've ever seen to possibly go one better.

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