Since its introduction back in 2009, the annual FIFA Puskas Award has celebrated the biggest and best goals to have graced the beautiful game over the past year.
The 2016 edition is no different, with the shortlist for this year’s incarnation featuring familiar names like Lionel Messi, Neymar and Wales’ very own Hal Robson Kanu.
But not everyone is happy at the make-up of the 10-person shortlist, with plenty of memorable goals from the Premier League and Euro 2016 strangely absent.
With that in mind, here are five truly great goals from the past 12 months that are more than worthy of a Puskas nomination.
Have we missed any of your favourites off the list? Have your say in the comment box below the article that follows. Right, here goes…
5. Tom Rogic (Celtic) vs Kilmarnock
In an otherwise drab final campaign under Ronny Deila, the emergence of Rogic was a major plus with this last-gasp screamer among the highlights of a so-so season for Celtic.
4. Dimitri Payet (West Ham) vs Middlesbrough
He may not have scaled the heights of last season with the Hammers but this sublime solo effort for West Ham against Middlesbrough showed another side to the Frenchman’s game.
3. Zoltan Gera (Hungary) vs Portugal
Given the nod ahead of Xherdan Shaqiri’s bicycle kick, Gera merits inclusion for the fact that: A) He’s 37. B) The goal came against eventual winners Portugal. C) He’s a Premier League legend.
2. Dele Alli (Tottenham) vs Crystal Palace
Tottenham ultimately fell at the final hurdle in the title race last term but Alli’s all-conquering campaign is worth revisiting with this superb combo of skill and precision as close to football perfection as we may ever get.
1. Jamie Vardy (Leicester) vs Liverpool
The goal that summed up Leicester’s shock Premier League title success ranks among the Premier League’s very best if you’re a fan of Alan Shearer-style blasters fused with a touch of Marco Van Basten. All this from a former Stocksbridge Park Steels regular.
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