Neymar and Falcao lead 2012 shortlist for FIFA Puskas Award

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The top three nominations for the 2012 FIFA Puskas Award has now been revealed, with Santos star Neymar, Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao, and Fenerbahce midfielder Miroslav Stoch receiving the most votes so far.

A ten-strong shortlist was originally compiled for the annual celebration of great goals, and included a strike from Barcelona's Lionel Messi, with the only English entry coming from Newcastle United winger Hatem Ben Arfa, following his mazy run and goal in an FA Cup win over Blackburn in January.

The award is named after Real Madrid and Hungarian legend Ferenc Puskas, who tormented defenders the world over during the 1950s.

Initially established in 2009, the first winner was Cristiano Ronaldo after his stunning strike for Manchester United against Porto. 

Hamit Altintop was the next player to land the prize, before Neymar scooped the accolade in 2011.

And, with this year's contenders now whittled down to the final three, fans are invited to vote for their favourite goal on the FIFA website, with the eventual winner being announced at the Ballon d'Or 2012 gala on January 7.

Brazil's latest sensation, Neymar, will be looking to retain the trophy, but will face stiff competiton from Colombian striker Falcao, and Slovakian midfielder Stoch. Before you cast your final vote, take one last look at each of the efforts.

Radamel Falcao | Atletico Madrid | 19 May 2012

With his weight going away from goal, Falcao flung himself through the air and delivered an overhead kick to remember in a friendly against America de Cali.

Neymar | Santos | 7 March 2012

During a Copa Libertadores game between Santos and Internacional, Neymar burst from his own half with one thing in his mind - showing all of his pace, power and skill in this fine one-man goal.

Miroslav Stoch | Fenerbahce | 3 March 2012

Cool as a cucumber on the edge of the box in a Turkish Super Lig game against Genclerbirligi, Stoch met a corner on the volley, superbly hooking a shot into the top corner of the net.

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