Who is The Best? Who scored the best goal of the year? The race to determine the winner of the FIFA Puskás Award 2016 has started today, 21 November 2016, on FIFA.com. Football fans across the world can decide which of the ten goals chosen by FIFA and selected Football Committee members will win this award.
The ten goals are (in alphabetical order of the scorer’s names):
Mario Gaspar (ESP) - 13.11.2015, Spain v. England, international friendly
Hlompho Kekana (RSA) - 26.03.2016, Cameroon v. South Africa, Africa Cup of Nations qualifier
Marlone (BRA) - 21.04.2016, Corinthians v. Cobresal, Copa Libertadores
Lionel Messi (ARG) - 21.06.2016, USA v. Argentina, Copa América Centenario semi-final
Neymar (BRA) - 08.11.2015, Barcelona v. Villarreal, La Liga (Spain)
Saúl Ñíguez (ESP) - 27.04.2016, Atlético Madrid v. Bayern Munich, UEFA Champions League
Hal Robson-Kanu (WAL) - 01.07.2016, Wales v. Belgium, UEFA EURO 2016
Daniuska Rodríguez (VEN) - 14.03.2016, Venezuela v. Colombia, South American U-17 Women’s Football Championship
Simon Skrabb (FIN) - 31.10.2015, Gefle v. Åtvidaberg, Allsvenskan league, Sweden
Mohd Faiz Subri (MAS) - 16.02.2016, Penang v. Pahang, Malaysia Super League
FIFA.com users will be able to choose from the ten goals until 2 December, when the three goals with the most votes will be disclosed. Immediately after the announcement, FIFA.com users will be able to vote again for their favourite from the three remaining goals. The winner will be revealed on the day of The Best FIFA Football Awards ceremony in Zurich on 9 January 2017. Voting will close during the show.
The FIFA Puskás Award was created in 2009 in honour of Ferenc Puskás, the captain and star of the Hungarian national team during the 1950s.
During the awards show on 9 January 2017, the winners of The Best FIFA Men’s Player, The Best FIFA Women’s Player, The Best FIFA Men’s Coach and The Best FIFA Women’s Coach awards for 2016 will also be revealed. On 1 December, the 55 nominees for the FIFA FIFPro World11 will be released, and the winners of awards across all categories, including the FIFA Fair Play Award, will be presented at The Best FIFA Football Awards show.
To read more on how the voting process works, see the Rules of Allocation. To keep up with the latest news about The Best FIFA Football Awards, see fifa.com/fifafootballawards and www.facebook.com/fifafootballawards.
Join the discussion about who should win this year’s prizes on Twitter by using the hashtag #TheBest.