FIFA Puskas Award – Goal of 2009

FIFA have announced the ten goals nominated for the Puskas Award, named after the Hungarian legend, given to the scorer of the best goal of the year. The winner will be chosen by votes cast on the FIFA website and criteria for the award include the quality of the goal and the importance of the match in which it was scored.

The nominees:

Emmanuel Adebayor’s tremendous close control and bicycle kick against Villareal in the Champions League.

Eliran Atar’s (Bnei Yehuda) exquisite overhead strike against Maccabi Netanya.

Michael Essien’s left footed smasher against Barcelona.

Grafite’s mazy run and cheeky backheel into the Bayern Munich net.

Iniesta’s Champions League semi-final winner against Chelsea.

Luis Angel Landin’s magnificent scorpian goal for Cruz Azul against Morelia Jornada.

Katlego Mphela’s stunning free kick against Spain in the Confederations Cup.

Nilmar’s terrific dribble against Inter for Corinthians

Cristiano Ronaldo’s long range bullet against Porto.

Fernando Torres’ magnificent chest down and strike against Blackburn.

A fantastic line-up of goals, my winner would go to Grafite’s utterly brilliant dribble, turning the Bayern Munich defense inside out before cheekily backheeling into the corner of the net. Second would be Iniesta, taking into account the quality of the goal and the importance of the match – added time in the second leg of a Champions League semi-final? Enough said. And third would be Fernando Torres’ absolutely cracking strike against Blackburn, literally pulling it out of thin air.

Check out the rest of the goals below

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Kevin Coleman

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3 thoughts on “FIFA Puskas Award – Goal of 2009

  1. It’s all about Essien’s effort. Absolute belter.

    Atar in second and Landin in third.

    Grafite’s is horribly overrated in my opinion. Shockin defending, and he actually only dribbled past two players and the keeper. A poorer version of Nilmar’s.

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