Who will follow in the footsteps of Cristiano Ronaldo, Hamit Altintop, Neymar and Miroslav Stoch to become the fifth player to win the FIFA Puskas Award? It is up to you, readers of FIFA.com, together with readers of francefootball.fr to decide. And the ten goals to choose from are truly breathtaking!
January 13 was not an unlucky day for Nemanja Matic. Quite the opposite. The Serbian scored Benfica’s first goal in the Portuguese league clássico against FC Porto (which finished 2-2). A sublime moment from the midfielder triggered an explosion of joy among the Benfica fans.
Usually more concerned with stopping the opponents, the defensive midfielder produced an exquisite finish to a brilliant Benfica move, executed almost in its entirety with one-touch football. A deep cross into the box, led to cushioned headers from Oscar Cardozo and Jardel, teeing up the ball for Matic, who on the edge of the box volleyed first-time on the turn. The shot was loaded with so much venom that helpless Porto goalkeeper Helton did not even move.
Watch Matic’s spectacular goal and the other nine nominees on the FIFA YouTube Channel, then vote for your favourite. The three goals that receive the most votes by 9 December will go to a final vote, with the winner lifting the prestigious trophy at the FIFA Ballon d’Or Gala held on 13 January 2014.