Top five solo goals of 2016

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Yesterday saw FIFA announce its 10 nominees for the 2016 Puskas award - given to the player who has been judged to have scored the best goal in the last 12 months.

That alone is quite an achievement. As well as actually scoring a jaw-dropping finish, there is a list of criteria each goal must meet before it is even considered as a nominee.

They include the player in question supporting fair play, and the goal not being the result of luck, a deflection or mistake from the opposition.

Regardless, there have been so many impressive goals scored this calendar year, it was impossible for FIFA to nominate them all.

But fear not football fans, GiveMeSport have raided the archives to come up with a much more specific sorting process.

Rather than simply compare every single type of goal, we've opted to split up each style of finish into different categories and rate them on their own merit.

So without further ado, we start off with those brilliant pieces of individual magic that get fans off their feet - whether they are in attendance or watching at home.

Here are the top five solo goals of 2016:

5) Tecatito Corona vs Venezuela

Of all the contenders to feature in this list, Corona's goal is the one most likely to have escaped your radar.

Mexico's young winger stepped up with a magnificent effort to go past five defenders and rocket home a finish inside the box during this year's Copa America.

4) Mesut Ozil vs Ludogorets

Ozil's fine goal is the most recent solo finish to make the cut.

In what was arguably one of the German's best performances in an Arsenal shirt, Ozil rounded off his first senior hat-trick with a brilliantly composed run that made a mockery of the Ludogorets goalkeeper and two defenders.

3) Carlos Tevez vs Bolivar

You can't question his reasoning for returning to play for Boca Juniors but when Tevez can still score goals like this, you've got to admit he is wasted in South America.

Virtually starting in his own half, Tevez rolled back the years to drive into the box, perform a few twists and turns before beating the keeper at his near post.

2) Eden Hazard vs Liverpool

Considering how poor Hazard was for the most of 2015/16, this brilliant goal appeared to have come from nowhere.

Liverpool's defenders just couldn't get close to the Belgian as he gracefully drifted past three of them and unleashed the perfect finish into the far right corner.

1) Saul Niguez vs Bayern Munich

Google search the term 'solo goal' and this should be the top result.

No wonder this magical goal from Niguez is in contention for the Puskas award, the young Spanish midfielder made one of the fiercest defences in European football look like school boys.

The 22-year-old initially picked the ball up in the centre-circle and seemingly had nowhere to go.

No matter, Niguez caught out the Bayern backline by dribbling straight at them before curling a left-footed finish past Manuel Neuer.

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