FIFA Puskas Award: Final three nominees revealed

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Stephanie Roche, Robin van Persie and James Rodriguez are the final three nominees for the 2014 FIFA Puskas Award.

The award, which will be presented at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 12 of next year, will declare one of the strikes as the “most beautiful goal of the year”. 

And there's no doubt about it, each goal has its own moment of genius and will forever be remembered by adoring fans all over the world. All three are unique and fantastic, but there can only be one winner. 

If you're still undecided as to which one is your favourite, then enjoy the three magnificent goals below...

Stephanie Roche

Forget the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Diego Costa and Co., Stephanie Roche has left them behind in the running to secure this prestigious award. And it's not really surprising as her strike against Wexford Youths last year was nothing short of outrageous. 

In truth, it's difficult to even explain (let alone actually do it) what she does here, but it's pure genius. The Peamount United star may well get her hands on the award in January and it would prove difficult to deny her of it...

Robin van Persie 

Manchester United striker Robin van Persie may well be enduring a tricky start to the Premier League season, but he left the entire world stunned with a quite incredible diving header against Spain at this past summer's World Cup.

Ok, so Daley Blind deserves some credit for the brilliant ball he played over the Spanish back-line, but then Van Persie delivered something truly remarkable with one outstanding touch of a football. He really was the flying Dutchman in Brazil. 

James Rodriguez

We're back in Brazil for this one, too. Colombian superstar James Rodriguez was without a doubt the man of the World Cup, and this strike against Uruguay was truly marvellous.

Taking the ball down on his chest, he turned and hit a thunderbolt to send the Colombian faithful into ecstasy. It's not exactly surprising that, soon after the tournament, La Liga giants Real Madrid decided to spend millions on his signature.

What's your favourite goal of the year? Have your say in the comments section below! 

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