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Wednesday 21 August 2019

Stephanie Roche picks her favourites from this year's Puskas Award nominees

Lionel Messi, Carlos Tevez and Philippe Mexes are all up for the Puskas Award
Lionel Messi, Carlos Tevez and Philippe Mexes are all up for the Puskas Award

Stephanie Roche

It's that time of the year again. FIFA have announced their shortlist for this year's Puskas award.

The award is given to the scorer of the most beautiful goal of the year and is aptly named after Ferenk Puskas. There are many world class and well known names put forward each year, players like Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic but there are also always a couple of names that are not so well known... Ahem.

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That's the beauty of football and that's the beauty of the Puskas award. Football is a game played all over the world at every level and at every level the passion is clear to see. Whether your playing in or watching your local team's cup final or a Champions League final, the players playing will always have the will to win and passion for the game, as do the fans.

That's why football is the best sport in the world in my opinion! For me, the best goal of the year has to show a piece of unbelievable individual skill that leaves you in disbelief as to what you have just watched. Having watched all 10 goals shortlisted, I've chosen my top three.

1. Carli Lloyd

To even think about shooting from there just shows the confidence of the player. The Puskas award is awarded to the player who scores the most beautiful goal, no matter what game it's scored in. But the significance of this game definitely helped my decision on this one. This goal completed her hat- trick in a World Cup final. To score a hat trick in a World Cup final is every footballer's dream but to complete it with a goal of this quality is unbelievable.

2. Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi scores goals like this one quiet a lot. He is the best player in the world at dribbling by players like they're not even there. But to finish it off with a cool finish after a dazzling run is simply amazing. It's a great individual goal by one of the greatest players to ever play the game.

3. Esteban Ramirez

I love to see players try something out of the ordinary and Ramirez goal is just an incredible bit of skill. It's the type of goal that as a player playing with him you would be half way through saying what is he doing shooting from there. And then it finds the top corner. He doesn't give defenders a chance to get back to tackle him, it's a quick and incisive bit of skill.

It was a hard decision to leave out some goals here, in particular that Marcel Ndjeng volley and David Ball's outrageous lob.

Picking the winner will be a hard job, may the best goal win!!

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