And then there were three.
The FIFA Puskás Award celebrates the best goal of the past year and, most importantly, is chosen by you. Countless FIFA.com fans have cast their votes to whittle the original list of ten goals down to just three: Alessandro Florenzi, Wendell Lira, and Lionel Messi.
The three goals showcase different qualities and each have caught the imagination of the football world. Florenzi's strike for Roma against fellow contender Messi's Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League will be one for fans of long-range efforts. The make-shift full-back picked up possession deep in his own half and sped off down the right flank before unleashing a shot 55 metres out with his right foot that soared over German goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen. Relive Florenzi's magic moment here.
For fans of acrobatic efforts, look no further than Wendell Lira. "As the ball was played into me, I turned and knew that I only had one option,” the 26-year-old told globeesporte.com. “I wanted to volley it. Thank goodness I managed to score such a wonderful goal.” While his description sounds exciting enough, watch the goal for yourself. The truth is that his strike was even more breathtaking than words can express.
If long-range strikes or acrobatic efforts aren't your thing, Lionel Messi showcases the beauty of the solo goal. Messi's electrifying solo effort against Athletic Bilbao in the final of the Copa del Rey came on 30 May 2015. “I don’t think I’m quite aware of just how great a goal Leo’s was. I just want to go home and enjoy it,” said Barcelona coach Luis Enrique after his side’s 3-1 win at the Camp Nou. You can now enjoy it for yourself. Watch Messi weave his mazy magic here.
Which goal gets your vote? You can still vote for your favourite goal from the final three contenders right here! The winner will be revealed on the day of the FIFA Ballon d’Or on 11 January 2016. Voting will close during the show.
Select your favourite and cast your vote for the FIFA Puskás Award 2015. The decision is in your hands!