- We look back on ten years of sublime Puskas Award winners
- Cristiano Ronaldo struck the 2009 winner
- Mohamed Salah stands as the current holder
Back in 2009, the footballing world was introduced to a brand new crown, recognising the pinnacle of one thing everyone loves about football: goals.
That, of course, was the FIFA Puskas Award.
Since then, the ten trophies handed out have enshrined in the history books moments of magic that have left mouths open and captured the imaginations of fans across the planet.
These majestic acts – from free-kicks and flying volleys to astounding invention and individual skill – have certainly not been scored only by the biggest names in the game. The Puskas Award has shown that the best goal in the world has the potential to be scored at a FIFA World Cup™ or in front of a handful of people – and anyone is capable of it.
Let us walk you back in time through the past winners of the prestigious award, and don’t forget to look out for this year’s shortlist to help choose the 11th winner!
2018: Mohamed Salah
Liverpool vs Everton
In one of the fiercest derbies in world football, Salah – in the midst of the form of this life – showed strength, guile and invention to craft this Puskas winner.
2017: Olivier Giroud
Arsenal vs Crystal Palace
A goal that spawned the nickname ‘The Scorpion King’, Giroud took ingenuity to a whole new level as he plucked this strike out of the air.
2016: Mohd Faiz Subri
Penang vs Pahang
Almost physics-defying to the naked eye, Subri’s stunning free-kick saw fans across the globe get behind the Malaysian's unbelievable effort.
2015: Wendell Lira
Goianesia vs Atletico Goianiense
As a child, you’re always told to keep your eyes on the ball. Lira follows this simple lesson to the letter, and his resulting tornado of a volley is the very height of technical execution.
2014: James Rodriguez
Colombia vs Uruguay
On the grandest stage in world football, Rodriguez produced a moment of genius that helped elevate him to a household name, as his dipping volley lit up the Round of 16 at Brazil 2014.
2013: Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Sweden vs England
Audacious. Athletic. Astounding. Three words that sum up many of Ibrahimovic’s jaw-dropping back catalogue of goals, but this was arguably the most unbelievable.
2012: Miroslav Stoch
Fenerbahce vs Genclerbirligi
The height of the cross, the angle of volley, the sweetness of the strike all add up to make this strike from Stoch an utterly, bewilderingly beautiful goal.
Santos vs Flamengo
While Neymar was a name already on the lips of many fans, the teenager made it clear with his silky, slaloming run that he was to be a global phenomenon – with this goal also seeing him become the youngest Puskas winner to date.
2010: Hamit Altintop
Turkey vs Kazakhstan
Blink and you miss it. What looks for a moment like a wasted, over-hit corner is transformed into a perfectly worked, stunning goal, struck with eye-watering venom, thanks to Altintop’s fierce volley.
2009: Cristiano Ronaldo
Manchester United vs Porto
The only man to feature in both the first and the latest Puskas top tens, Ronaldo’s rising, arrowing 40-yarder is precision and power in perfect unison.