Miroslav Stoch scored the finest goal of 2012, as determined by FIFA.com users, who voted overwhelming in his favour. An impressive 78 per cent of those who participated chose his stunning long-range strike ahead of efforts from Radamel Falcao and Neymar, thus earning the Fenerbahce midfielder the FIFA Puskás Award.

After the FIFA Ballon d’Or Gala, and proudly clutching his prize, the Slovakian international spoke exclusively to FIFA.com. “It’s a fantastic feeling as I didn’t expect to be in the top ten, never mind the final three,” said the player. “I want to thank the fans as well, because without their votes I wouldn’t be here. This trophy belongs to them too.

“I try to practice shooting from outside the box, but to score a shot like that needs hard work and, if I’m honest, a little bit of luck as well,” continued Stoch. “And on this occasion I got that: I caught the ball perfectly and it ended up in the back of the net.”