FIFA Puskás Award

The FIFA Puskás Award [ˈpuʃkaːʃ] is an award established on 20 October 2009 by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), at the behest of then-president Sepp Blatter, to be awarded to the male or female judged to have scored the most aesthetically significant, or "most beautiful", goal of the calendar year.

The award is in honour of Ferenc Puskás, the striker of Real Madrid during the late 1950s and the 1960s, and central member of the highly successful Hungarian side of the same era. Puskás is widely considered by many to be the most powerful and prolific forward European football produced in first-division football, and was honoured by IFFHS in 1997 as the best top-tier goalscorer of the 20th century. Puskás scored 511 goals in 533 games and his 84 national team's goals in 85 outings was a world record at the time.[1][2]

"It is important to preserve the memory of those footballing greats who have left their mark on our history. Ferenc Puskás was not only a player with immense talent who won many honours, but also a remarkable man. FIFA is therefore delighted to pay tribute to him by dedicating this award to his memory," said Blatter at the inauguration of the award in Budapest.[citation needed]

Until 2018, the winner was decided completely based on voting by fans on FIFA's official website.[3] However, after a controversy in the 2018 award,[4] FIFA changed the procedure. Now, the award is decided by pundits selected by FIFA, who will choose the winner based on the top three goals voted for by the public.

The time-frame for the first award was July 2008 to July 2009. The annual award was presented for the first time during the 2009 FIFA World Player of the Year Gala on 21 December in Switzerland, with Portuguese player Cristiano Ronaldo being the first prize winner.

Award criteriaEdit

  • It should be an absolutely beautiful goal (subjective, but decided by voting and judgement from experts  — the spread of goals should include long-range shots, team goals, rabona, overhead kicks, individual plays, etc.).[citation needed]
  • It should be awarded "without distinction of championship, gender or nationality".[5]
  • It should not be the result of luck, mistakes, deflection by another player or the player in an offside position.[citation needed]
  • It should support fair play, i.e. the player should not have behaved badly in the game or have been charged with doping, for example.[citation needed]
  • The player cannot be nominated with two different goals.[citation needed]

Winners and nomineesEdit

Scores and results list the player's club goal tally first.


Rank Player Team Opponent Score Competition Vote percentage[citation needed]
1st   Cristiano Ronaldo   Manchester United   Porto 1–0 2008–09 UEFA Champions League 17.68%
2nd   Andrés Iniesta   Barcelona   Chelsea 1–1 2008–09 UEFA Champions League 15.64%
3rd   Grafite   VfL Wolfsburg   Bayern Munich 5–1 2008–09 Bundesliga 13.39%
4th   Eliran Atar   Bnei Yehuda   Maccabi Netanya 1–1 2008–09 Israeli Premier League 13.36%
5th   Fernando Torres   Liverpool   Blackburn Rovers 4–0 2008–09 Premier League 9.44%
6th   Nilmar   Internacional   Corinthians 1–0 2009 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A 8.71%
7th   Michael Essien   Chelsea   Barcelona 1–0 2008–09 UEFA Champions League 7.89%
8th   Luis Ángel Landín   Cruz Azul   Morelia 1–1 Liga MX Clausura 2009 7.30%
9th   Emmanuel Adebayor   Arsenal   Villarreal 1–1 2008–09 UEFA Champions League 4.04%
10th   Katlego Mphela   South Africa   Spain 2–2 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup 2.59%


Rank Player Team Opponent Score Competition Vote percentage[citation needed]
1st   Hamit Altıntop   Turkey   Kazakhstan 2–0 UEFA Euro 2012 qualifier 40.55%
2nd   Linus Hallenius   Hammarby IF   Syrianska FC 2–0 2010 Superettan 13.23%
3rd   Giovanni van Bronckhorst   Netherlands   Uruguay 1–0 2010 FIFA World Cup 10.61%
Unranked   Matty Burrows   Glentoran   Portadown 1–0 2010–11 IFA Premiership N/A
  Lionel Messi   Barcelona   Valencia 3–0 2009–10 La Liga
  Samir Nasri   Arsenal   Porto 3–0 2009–10 UEFA Champions League
  Neymar   Santos   Santo André 2–1 2010 Campeonato Paulista
  Arjen Robben   Bayern Munich   Schalke 04 1–0 2009–10 DFB-Pokal
  Siphiwe Tshabalala   South Africa   Mexico 1–0 2010 FIFA World Cup
  Kumi Yokoyama   Japan   North Korea 2–1 2010 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup


Rank Player Team Opponent Score Competition Vote percentage
1st   Neymar   Santos   Flamengo 4–5 2011 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A N/A
2nd   Lionel Messi   Barcelona   Arsenal 1–0 2010–11 UEFA Champions League
3rd   Wayne Rooney   Manchester United   Manchester City 2–1 2010–11 Premier League
Unranked   Benjamin De Ceulaer   Lokeren   Club Brugge 1–2 2011–12 Belgian Pro League
  Giovani dos Santos   Mexico   United States 4–2 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup
  Julio Gómez   Mexico   Germany 3–2 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup
  Zlatan Ibrahimović   Milan   Lecce 1–0 2010–11 Serie A
  Lisandro López   Arsenal de Sarandí   Olimpo 2–2 Argentine Primera División Apertura 2011
  Heather O'Reilly   United States   Colombia 1–0 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup
  Dejan Stanković   Inter Milan   Schalke 04 1–0 2010–11 UEFA Champions League


Rank Player Team Opponent Score Competition Vote percentage[6]
1st   Miroslav Stoch   Fenerbahçe   Gençlerbirliği 1–0 2011–12 Süper Lig 78%
2nd   Radamel Falcao   Atlético Madrid   América de Cali 1–0 Friendly 15%
3rd   Neymar   Santos   Internacional 3–1 2012 Copa Libertadores 7%
Unranked   Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu   Ghana   Guinea 1–0 2012 Africa Cup of Nations N/A
  Hatem Ben Arfa   Newcastle United   Blackburn Rovers 1–1 2011–12 FA Cup
  Eric Hassli   Vancouver Whitecaps   Toronto FC 1–1 2012 Canadian Championship
  Olivia Jiménez   Mexico   Switzerland 2–0 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup
  Gastón Mealla   Nacional Potosí   The Strongest 2–2 2011–12 Liga de Fútbol Profesional Boliviano
  Lionel Messi   Argentina   Brazil 4–3 Friendly
  Moussa Sow   Fenerbahçe   Galatasaray 1–0 2011–12 Süper Lig


Zlatan Ibrahimović's 35-yard overhead kick with his back to goal won him praise from players and pundits, with the BBC describing it as a goal that "combined unfathomable imagination and expert technique".[7]

The following list includes the nominees for the 2013 award. Voting was possible through the website until 9 December 2013, after a second voting round was held between the top three goals from the first round. The award to the winning goal from the second round was presented on 13 January 2014.

Rank Player Team Opponent Score Competition Vote percentage[8]
1st   Zlatan Ibrahimović   Sweden   England 4–2 Friendly 48.7%
2nd   Nemanja Matić   Benfica   Porto 1–1 2012–13 Primeira Liga 30.8%
3rd   Neymar   Brazil   Japan 1–0 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup 20.5%
Unranked   Peter Ankersen   Esbjerg   Aarhus 5–1 2013–14 Superliga N/A
  Louisa Cadamuro   Lyon   Saint-Étienne 5–0 2012–13 Division 1 Féminine
  Lisa De Vanna   Sky Blue   Boston Breakers 5–1 2013 National Women's Soccer League
  Antonio Di Natale   Udinese   Chievo 3–1 2012–13 Serie A
  Panagiotis Kone   Bologna   Napoli 2–3 2012–13 Serie A
  Daniel Ludueña   Pachuca   UANL 2–1 Liga MX Apertura 2013
  Juan Manuel Olivera   Náutico   Sport Recife 2–0 2013 Copa Sudamericana


James Rodríguez's volley was described as "one of the greatest goals the World Cup has ever seen" by Uruguayan manager Óscar Tabárez, who also called Rodríguez "the best player in the World Cup".[9]

The nominees for 2014 were announced on 12 November.[10]

Rank Player Team Opponent Score Competition Vote percentage[11]
1st   James Rodríguez   Colombia   Uruguay 1–0 2014 FIFA World Cup 42%
2nd   Stephanie Roche   Peamount United   Wexford Youths 2–0 2013–14 Irish Women's National League 33%
3rd   Robin van Persie   Netherlands   Spain 1–1 2014 FIFA World Cup 11%
Unranked   Tim Cahill   Australia   Netherlands 1–1 2014 FIFA World Cup N/A
  Diego Costa   Atlético Madrid   Getafe 5–0 2013–14 La Liga
  Marco Fabián   Cruz Azul   Puebla 1–0 Liga MX Clausura 2014
  Zlatan Ibrahimović   Paris Saint-Germain   Bastia 1–0 2013–14 Ligue 1
  Pajtim Kasami   Fulham   Crystal Palace 1–1 2013–14 Premier League
  Camilo Sanvezzo   Vancouver Whitecaps   Portland Timbers 2–2 2013 Major League Soccer season
  Hisato Satō   Sanfrecce Hiroshima   Kawasaki Frontale 2–1 2014 J.League Division 1


FIFA announced the list of 10 nominees on 12 November 2015.[12]

Rank Player Team Opponent Score Competition Vote percentage[13]
1st   Wendell Lira   Goianésia   Atlético Goianiense 1–0 2015 Campeonato Goiano 46.7%
2nd   Lionel Messi   Barcelona   Athletic Bilbao 1–0 2014–15 Copa del Rey 33.3%
3rd   Alessandro Florenzi   Roma   Barcelona 1–1 2015–16 UEFA Champions League 7.1%
Unranked   David Ball   Fleetwood Town   Preston North End 2–2 2014–15 League One N/A
  Chory Castro   Real Sociedad   Deportivo La Coruña 2–1 2014–15 La Liga
  Carli Lloyd   United States   Japan 4–0 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup
  Philippe Mexès   Milan   Inter Milan 1–0 2015 International Champions Cup
  Marcel Ndjeng   SC Paderborn   Bolton Wanderers 3–1 Friendly
  Esteban Ramírez   Herediano   Saprissa 3–1 Liga FPD Invierno 2014
  Carlos Tevez   Juventus   Parma 4–0 2014–15 Serie A


FIFA announced the list of 10 nominees on 21 November 2016.[14]

Rank Player Team Opponent Score Competition Vote percentage[15]
1st   Mohd Faiz Subri   Penang   Pahang 4–1 2016 Malaysia Super League 59.46%
2nd   Marlone   Corinthians   Cobresal 3–0 2016 Copa Libertadores 22.86%
3rd   Daniuska Rodríguez   Venezuela   Colombia 1–0 2016 South American U-17 Women's Championship 10.01%
Unranked   Mario Gaspar   Spain   England 1–0 Friendly N/A
  Hlompho Kekana   South Africa   Cameroon 2–1 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
  Lionel Messi   Argentina   United States 2–0 Copa América Centenario
  Neymar   Barcelona   Villarreal 3–0 2015–16 La Liga
  Saúl Ñíguez   Atlético Madrid   Bayern Munich 1–0 2015–16 UEFA Champions League
  Hal Robson-Kanu   Wales   Belgium 2–1 UEFA Euro 2016
  Simon Skrabb   Åtvidabergs FF   Gefle IF 1–0 2015 Allsvenskan


Olivier Giroud's backheeled "scorpion kick" volley was described by then-Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger as one of the five best in his Arsenal reign.[16]

FIFA announced the list of 10 nominees on 22 September 2017.[17]

Rank Player Team Opponent Score Competition Vote percentage[citation needed]
1st   Olivier Giroud   Arsenal   Crystal Palace 2–0 2016–17 Premier League 36.17%
2nd   Oscarine Masuluke   Baroka   Orlando Pirates 1–1 2016–17 South African Premier Division 27.48%
3rd   Deyna Castellanos   Venezuela   Cameroon 2–1 2016 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup 20.47%
Unranked   Kevin-Prince Boateng   Las Palmas   Villarreal 1–0 2016–17 La Liga N/A
  Alejandro Camargo   Universidad de Concepción   O'Higgins 3–1 Chilean Primera División Apertura 2016
  Moussa Dembélé   Celtic   St Johnstone 5–2 2016–17 Scottish Premiership
  Avilés Hurtado   Tijuana   Atlas 1–1 Liga MX Clausura 2017
  Mario Mandžukić   Juventus   Real Madrid 1–1 2016–17 UEFA Champions League
  Nemanja Matić   Chelsea   Tottenham Hotspur 4–2 2016–17 FA Cup
  Jordi Mboula   Barcelona   Borussia Dortmund 4–1 2016–17 UEFA Youth League


FIFA announced the list of 10 nominees on 3 September 2018.[18]

Rank Player Team Opponent Score Competition Vote percentage[19]
1st   Mohamed Salah   Liverpool   Everton 1–0 2017–18 Premier League 38%
2nd   Cristiano Ronaldo   Real Madrid   Juventus 2–0 2017–18 UEFA Champions League 22%
3rd   Giorgian De Arrascaeta   Cruzeiro   América Mineiro 1–0 2018 Campeonato Mineiro 17%
Unranked   Gareth Bale   Real Madrid   Liverpool 2–1 2017–18 UEFA Champions League N/A
  Denis Cheryshev   Russia   Croatia 1–0 2018 FIFA World Cup
  Lazaros Christodoulopoulos   AEK Athens   Olympiacos 2–2 2017–18 Superleague Greece
  Riley McGree   Newcastle Jets   Melbourne City 1–1 2017–18 A-League
  Lionel Messi   Argentina   Nigeria 1–0 2018 FIFA World Cup
  Benjamin Pavard   France   Argentina 2–2 2018 FIFA World Cup
  Ricardo Quaresma   Portugal   Iran 1–0 2018 FIFA World Cup


Dániel Zsóri became the first Hungarian to win the award.

FIFA announced the list of 10 nominees on 19 August 2019.[20]

Rank Player Team Opponent Score Competition
1st   Dániel Zsóri   Debrecen   Ferencváros 2–1 2018–19 Nemzeti Bajnokság I
2nd   Lionel Messi   Barcelona   Real Betis 4–1 2018–19 La Liga
3rd   Juan Fernando Quintero   River Plate   Racing 1–0 2018–19 Argentine Primera División
Unranked   Zlatan Ibrahimović   LA Galaxy   Toronto FC 1–3 2018 Major League Soccer season
  Ajara Nchout   Cameroon   New Zealand 2–1 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup
  Fabio Quagliarella   Sampdoria   Napoli 3–0 2018–19 Serie A
  Amy Rodriguez   Utah Royals FC   Sky Blue FC 1–0 2019 National Women's Soccer League season
  Billie Simpson   Cliftonville Ladies   Sion Swifts Ladies 1–2 2018 Women's NIFL Premiership
  Andros Townsend   Crystal Palace   Manchester City 2–1 2018–19 Premier League


FIFA announced the list of 11 nominees on 25 November 2020.[21]

Rank Player Team Opponent Score Competition
1st   Son Heung-min   Tottenham Hotspur   Burnley 5–0 2019–20 Premier League
2nd   Giorgian De Arrascaeta   Flamengo   Ceará 3–0 2019 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A
3rd   Luis Suárez   Barcelona   Mallorca 4–1 2019–20 La Liga
Unranked   Shirley Cruz   Costa Rica   Panama 3–1 2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship
  Jordan Flores   Dundalk   Shamrock Rovers 1–1 2020 League of Ireland Premier Division
  André-Pierre Gignac   UANL   UNAM 3–0 Liga MX Clausura 2020
  Sophie Ingle   Chelsea   Arsenal 3–0 2019–20 FA WSL
  Zlatko Junuzović   Red Bull Salzburg   Rapid Wien 6–1 2019–20 Austrian Bundesliga
  Hlompho Kekana   Mamelodi Sundowns   Cape Town City 1–0 2019–20 South African Premier Division
  Leonel Quiñónez   Macará   Universidad Católica 1–0 2019 Ecuadorian Serie A
  Caroline Weir   Manchester City   Manchester United 1–0 2019–20 FA WSL

Awards won by nationalityEdit

Country Win(s) Year(s)
  Brazil 2 2011, 2015
  Portugal 1 2009
  Turkey 1 2010
  Slovakia 1 2012
  Sweden 1 2013
  Colombia 1 2014
  Malaysia 1 2016
  France 1 2017
  Egypt 1 2018
  Hungary 1 2019
  Korea 1 2020

Most nominations receivedEdit

Lionel Messi has been nominated a record 7 times, more than any other in the award's history.[22]
Player Nominations
  Lionel Messi 7
  Neymar 5
  Zlatan Ibrahimović 4

See alsoEdit


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  3. ^ Pranav_14 (24 November 2015). "Selection process for the Puskas Award". Retrieved 18 December 2020.
  4. ^ "Mo Salah wins Fifa Puskas Award for best goal - but was it really better than Ronaldo and Bale's overhead kicks?". The National. Retrieved 18 December 2020.
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  6. ^ "FIFA Puskás Award 2012 – Results" (PDF). FIFA. Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 January 2013. Retrieved 4 February 2013.
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  13. ^ "FIFA Puskás award 2015 – results" (PDF). Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 11 January 2016. Retrieved 11 January 2016.
  14. ^ "FIFA Puskás Award 2016 Nominees". Retrieved 21 November 2016.
  15. ^ "FIFA Puskás award 2016 – results" (PDF). Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 10 January 2017. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  16. ^ Pitt-Brooke, Jack (1 January 2017). "Arsenal vs Crystal Palace: Arsene Wenger hails Olivier Giroud's goal as a work of art". The Independent. Retrieved 16 September 2020.
  17. ^ "FIFA Puskás Award 2017 Nominees". Retrieved 22 September 2018.
  18. ^ "FIFA Puskás Award 2018 Nominees". Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  19. ^ "FIFA Football Awards 2018 – Voting Results" (PDF). Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  20. ^ "FIFA Puskás Award 2019 Nominees". Retrieved 19 August 2019.
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