Who will win Fifa’s 2011 Puskás Award?

2011-12-13 07:20

The world’s top three footballers – Lionel Messi, Neymar and Wayne Rooney – will be going head to head for the Federation of International Football Association’s (Fifa) 2011 Puskás Award.

The Puskás is awarded the player – male or female – judged to have scored the “most beautiful” goal of the year.

The award honours Ferenc Puskás, former Hungarian captain of the class of 1950 and central member of the successful Real Madrid side of the 1960s.

Three beautiful goals have been shortlisted from the original 10 that made the list.

In contention is Messi’s goal for Barcelona during the Uefa Champions League match against Arsenal.

He masterly dribbled past two Gunners’ defenders before looping the ball over goalkeeper Manuel Almunia and delivering an emphatic volley into the Arsenal net.

Brazilian youngster Neymar made it to the final three through his solo effort in Santos’ 5-4 defeat by Flamengo.

The 19-year-old left a string of opponents in his wake before clinically lodging the ball in the net, increasing his team’s tally to 3-0.

England’s Rooney’s overhead kick for Manchester United in the Manchester derby against Manchester City has earned him a spot among the best goalscorers of 2011.

The winner will be announced at the Fifa Ballon d’Or Gala at the Kongresshaus in Zurich, Switzerland on January 9, 2012 where the FIFA Ballon d’Or 2011 and Fifa Women’s World Player of the Year trophies are also going to be presented.

The nominees are: Fifa Ballon d’Or 2011 Xavi Hernandez (Barcelona, Spain), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid, Portugal) and Lionel Messi (Barcelona, Argentina)

Women’s World Player of the Year Marta (Brazil), Homare Sawa (Japan) and Abby Wambach (USA)

Men’s Football Coach of the Year Alex Ferguson (Manchester United), Pep Guardiola (Barcelona) and Jose Mourinho (Real Madrid).

Women’s Football Coach of the Year Bruno Bini (France), Norio Sasaki (Japan) and Pia Sundhage (USA).

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