FIFA Puskás Award

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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, in order to award the player, male or female, judged to have scored the most aesthetically significant, or "most beautiful", goal of the calendar year.

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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 scored a once world record of 84 goals in 85 internationals. He is one of the top scorers of the 20th century, with 512 goals in 528 matches.

"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.

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 the Portuguese player Cristiano Ronaldo being the first (1st) prize winner.

Criteria

Winners and nominees

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

2009

RankPlayerTeamOpponentScoreCompetitionVote percentage
1st Flag of Portugal.svg Cristiano Ronaldo Flag of England.svg Manchester United Flag of Portugal.svg Porto 1–0 2008–09 UEFA Champions League 17.68%
2nd Flag of Spain.svg Andrés Iniesta Flag of Spain.svg Barcelona Flag of England.svg Chelsea 1–1 2008–09 UEFA Champions League 15.64%
3rd Flag of Brazil.svg Grafite Flag of Germany.svg Wolfsburg Flag of Germany.svg Bayern Munich 5–1 2008–09 Bundesliga 13.39%
4th Flag of Israel.svg Eliran Atar Flag of Israel.svg Bnei Yehuda Flag of Israel.svg Maccabi Netanya 1–1 2008–09 Israeli Premier League 13.36%
5th Flag of Spain.svg Fernando Torres Flag of England.svg Liverpool Flag of England.svg Blackburn Rovers 4–0 2008–09 Premier League 9.44%
6th Flag of Brazil.svg Nilmar Flag of Brazil.svg Internacional Flag of Brazil.svg Corinthians 1–0 2009 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A 8.71%
7th Flag of Ghana.svg Michael Essien Flag of England.svg Chelsea Flag of Spain.svg Barcelona 1–1 2008–09 UEFA Champions League 7.89%
8th Flag of Mexico.svg Luis Ángel Landín Flag of Mexico.svg Cruz Azul Flag of Mexico.svg Morelia 1–1 Liga MX Clausura 2009 7.30%
9th Flag of Togo.svg Emmanuel Adebayor Flag of England.svg Arsenal Flag of Spain.svg Villarreal 1–1 2008–09 UEFA Champions League 4.04%
10th Flag of South Africa.svg Katlego Mphela Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 3–2 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup 2.59%

2010

RankPlayerTeamOpponentScoreCompetitionVote percentage
1st Flag of Turkey.svg Hamit Altıntop Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey Flag of Kazakhstan.svg  Kazakhstan 2–0 UEFA Euro 2012 qualifier 40.55%
2nd Flag of Sweden.svg Linus Hallenius Flag of Sweden.svg Hammarby IF Flag of Sweden.svg Syrianska FC 2–0 2010 Superettan 13.23%
3rd Flag of the Netherlands.svg Giovanni van Bronckhorst Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay 1–0 2010 FIFA World Cup 10.61%
Unranked Ulster Banner.svg Matty Burrows Ulster Banner.svg Glentoran Ulster Banner.svg Portadown 1–0 2010–11 IFA Premiership N/A
Flag of Argentina.svg Lionel Messi Flag of Spain.svg Barcelona Flag of Spain.svg Valencia 3–0 2009–10 La Liga
Flag of France.svg Samir Nasri Flag of England.svg Arsenal Flag of Portugal.svg Porto 5–0 2009–10 UEFA Champions League
Flag of Brazil.svg Neymar Flag of Brazil.svg Santos Flag of Brazil.svg Santo André 2–1 2010 Campeonato Paulista
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Arjen Robben Flag of Germany.svg Bayern Munich Flag of Germany.svg Schalke 04 1–0 2009–10 DFB-Pokal
Flag of South Africa.svg Siphiwe Tshabalala Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico 1–1 2010 FIFA World Cup
Flag of Japan.svg Kumi Yokoyama Flag of Japan.svg Japan Flag of North Korea.svg North Korea 2–1 2010 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup

2011

RankPlayerTeamOpponentScoreCompetitionVote percentage
1st Flag of Brazil.svg Neymar Flag of Brazil.svg Santos Flag of Brazil.svg Flamengo 4–5 2011 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A N/A
Unranked Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Benjamin De Ceulaer Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Lokeren Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Club Brugge 1–2 2011–12 Belgian Pro League
Flag of Mexico.svg Giovani dos Santos Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico Flag of the United States.svg  United States 4–2 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup
Flag of Mexico.svg Julio Gómez Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico Flag of Germany.svg Germany 3–2 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup
Flag of Sweden.svg Zlatan Ibrahimović Flag of Italy.svg Milan Flag of Italy.svg Lecce 1–1 2010–11 Serie A
Flag of Argentina.svg Lisandro López Flag of Argentina.svg Arsenal de Sarandí Flag of Argentina.svg Olimpo 2–2 Argentine Primera División Apertura 2011
Flag of Argentina.svg Lionel Messi Flag of Spain.svg Barcelona Flag of England.svg Arsenal 3–1 2010–11 UEFA Champions League
Flag of the United States.svg Heather O'Reilly Flag of the United States.svg United States Flag of Colombia.svg Colombia 3–0 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup
Flag of England.svg Wayne Rooney Flag of England.svg Manchester United Flag of England.svg Manchester City 2–1 2010–11 Premier League
Flag of Serbia.svg Dejan Stanković Flag of Italy.svg Internazionale Flag of Germany.svg Schalke 04 2–5 2010–11 UEFA Champions League

2012

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

2013

Zlatan Ibrahimovic'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". Zlatan Ibrahimovic-2.jpg
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".

The following list includes the nominees for the 2013 award. Voting was possible through the FIFA.com 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.

RankPlayerTeamOpponentScoreCompetitionVote percentage [4]
1st Flag of Sweden.svg Zlatan Ibrahimović Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden Flag of England.svg  England 4–2 Friendly 48.7%
2nd Flag of Serbia.svg Nemanja Matić Flag of Portugal.svg Benfica Flag of Portugal.svg Porto 2–2 2012–13 Primeira Liga 30.8%
3rd Flag of Brazil.svg Neymar Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 1–0 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup 20.5%
Unranked Flag of Denmark.svg Peter Ankersen Flag of Denmark.svg Esbjerg Flag of Denmark.svg Aarhus 5–1 2013–14 Superliga N/A
Flag of France.svg Louisa Cadamuro Flag of France.svg Lyon Flag of France.svg Saint-Étienne 5–0 2012–13 Division 1 Féminine
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Lisa De Vanna Flag of the United States.svg Sky Blue Flag of the United States.svg Boston Breakers 5–1 2013 National Women's Soccer League
Flag of Italy.svg Antonio Di Natale Flag of Italy.svg Udinese Flag of Italy.svg Chievo 3–1 2012–13 Serie A
Flag of Greece.svg Panagiotis Kone Flag of Italy.svg Bologna Flag of Italy.svg Napoli 2–3 2012–13 Serie A
Flag of Argentina.svg Daniel Ludueña Flag of Mexico.svg Pachuca Flag of Mexico.svg UANL 2–1 Liga MX Apertura 2013
Flag of Uruguay.svg Juan Manuel Olivera Flag of Brazil.svg Náutico Flag of Brazil.svg Sport Recife 2–0 2013 Copa Sudamericana

2014

James Rodriguez's volley was described as "one of the greatest goals the World Cup has ever seen" by Uruguayan manager Oscar Tabarez, who also called James "the best player in the World Cup." James Rodriguez.jpg
James Rodriguez's volley was described as "one of the greatest goals the World Cup has ever seen" by Uruguayan manager Óscar Tabárez, who also called James "the best player in the World Cup."

The nominees for 2014 were announced on 12 November. [6]

RankPlayerTeamOpponentScoreCompetitionVote percentage [7]
1st Flag of Colombia.svg James Rodríguez Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay 1–0 2014 FIFA World Cup 42%
2nd Flag of Ireland.svg Stephanie Roche Flag of Ireland.svg Peamount United Flag of Ireland.svg Wexford Youths 2–0 2013–14 Irish Women's National League 33%
3rd Flag of the Netherlands.svg Robin van Persie Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 5–1 2014 FIFA World Cup 11%
Unranked Flag of Australia (converted).svg Tim Cahill Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 2–3 2014 FIFA World Cup N/A
Flag of Spain.svg Diego Costa Flag of Spain.svg Atlético Madrid Flag of Spain.svg Getafe 7–0 2013–14 La Liga
Flag of Mexico.svg Marco Fabián Flag of Mexico.svg Cruz Azul Flag of Mexico.svg Puebla 1–0 Liga MX Clausura 2014
Flag of Sweden.svg Zlatan Ibrahimović Flag of France.svg Paris Saint-Germain Flag of France.svg Bastia 4–0 2013–14 Ligue 1
Flag of Switzerland.svg Pajtim Kasami Flag of England.svg Fulham Flag of England.svg Crystal Palace 4–1 2013–14 Premier League
Flag of Brazil.svg Camilo Sanvezzo Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Vancouver Whitecaps Flag of the United States.svg Portland Timbers 2–2 2013 MLS
Flag of Japan.svg Hisato Satō Flag of Japan.svg Sanfrecce Hiroshima Flag of Japan.svg Kawasaki Frontale 2–1 2014 J. League Division 1

2015

FIFA announced the list of 10 nominees on 12 November 2015. [8]

RankPlayerTeamOpponentScoreCompetitionVote percentage [9]
1st Flag of Brazil.svg Wendell Lira Flag of Brazil.svg Goianésia Flag of Brazil.svg Atlético Goianiense 1–0 2015 Campeonato Goiano 46.7%
2nd Flag of Argentina.svg Lionel Messi Flag of Spain.svg Barcelona Flag of Spain.svg Athletic Bilbao 1–0 2014–15 Copa del Rey 33.3%
3rd Flag of Italy.svg Alessandro Florenzi Flag of Italy.svg Roma Flag of Spain.svg Barcelona 1–1 2015–16 UEFA Champions League 7.1%
Unranked Flag of England.svg David Ball Flag of England.svg Fleetwood Town Flag of England.svg Preston North End 2–2 2014–15 League One N/A
Flag of Uruguay.svg Chory Castro Flag of Spain.svg Real Sociedad Flag of Spain.svg Deportivo La Coruña 2–1 2014–15 La Liga
Flag of the United States.svg Carli Lloyd Flag of the United States.svg United States Flag of Japan.svg Japan 4–0 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup
Flag of France.svg Philippe Mexès Flag of Italy.svg Milan Flag of Italy.svg Inter Milan 1–0 Friendly
Flag of Cameroon.svg Marcel Ndjeng Flag of Germany.svg Paderborn Flag of England.svg Bolton Wanderers 3–1 Friendly
Flag of Costa Rica.svg Esteban Ramírez Flag of Costa Rica.svg Herediano Flag of Costa Rica.svg Deportivo Saprissa 3–1 Liga FPD Invierno 2014
Flag of Argentina.svg Carlos Tevez Flag of Italy.svg Juventus Flag of Italy.svg Parma 4–0 2014–15 Serie A

2016

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

RankPlayerTeamOpponentScoreCompetitionVote percentage [11]
1st Flag of Malaysia.svg Mohd Faiz Subri Flag of Malaysia.svg Penang Flag of Malaysia.svg Pahang 4–1 2016 Malaysia Super League 59.46%
2nd Flag of Brazil.svg Marlone Flag of Brazil.svg Corinthians Flag of Chile.svg Cobresal 3–0 2016 Copa Libertadores 22.86%
3rd Flag of Venezuela.svg Daniuska Rodríguez Flag of Venezuela.svg Venezuela Flag of Colombia.svg Colombia 1–0 2016 South American U-17 Women's Championship 10.01%
Unranked Flag of Spain.svg Mario Gaspar Flag of Spain.svg  Spain Flag of England.svg  England 1–0 Friendly N/A
Flag of South Africa.svg Hlompho Kekana Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa Flag of Cameroon.svg  Cameroon 2–1 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
Flag of Argentina.svg Lionel Messi Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2–0 Copa América Centenario
Flag of Brazil.svg Neymar Flag of Spain.svg Barcelona Flag of Spain.svg Villarreal 3–0 2015–16 La Liga
Flag of Spain.svg Saúl Ñíguez Flag of Spain.svg Atlético Madrid Flag of Germany.svg Bayern Munich 1–0 2015–16 UEFA Champions League
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Hal Robson-Kanu Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 2–1 UEFA Euro 2016
Flag of Finland.svg Simon Skrabb Flag of Sweden.svg Åtvidabergs FF Flag of Sweden.svg Gefle IF 1–0 2015 Allsvenskan

2017

Olivier Giroud's backheeled "scorpion kick" volley was described by then-Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger as the greatest he had seen at the Emirates Stadium. Arsenal Vs Burnley (24642895021) (cropped).jpg
Olivier Giroud's backheeled "scorpion kick" volley was described by then-Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger as the greatest he had seen at the Emirates Stadium.

FIFA announced the list of 10 nominees on 22 September 2017. [13]

RankPlayerTeamOpponentScoreCompetitionVote percentage
1st Flag of France.svg Olivier Giroud Flag of England.svg Arsenal Flag of England.svg Crystal Palace 1–0 2016–17 Premier League 36.17%
2nd Flag of South Africa.svg Oscarine Masuluke Flag of South Africa.svg Baroka Flag of South Africa.svg Orlando Pirates 1–1 2016–17 South African Premier Division 27.48%
3rd Flag of Venezuela.svg Deyna Castellanos Flag of Venezuela.svg Venezuela Flag of Cameroon.svg Cameroon 2–1 2016 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup 20.47%
Unranked Flag of Ghana.svg Kevin-Prince Boateng Flag of Spain.svg Las Palmas Flag of Spain.svg Villarreal 1–0 2016–17 La Liga N/A
Flag of Argentina.svg Alejandro Camargo Flag of Chile.svg Universidad de Concepción Flag of Chile.svg O'Higgins 3–1 Chilean Primera División Apertura 2016
Flag of France.svg Moussa Dembélé Flag of Scotland.svg Celtic Flag of Scotland.svg St Johnstone 5–2 2016–17 Scottish Premiership
Flag of Colombia.svg Avilés Hurtado Flag of Mexico.svg Tijuana Flag of Mexico.svg Atlas 1–1 Liga MX Clausura 2017
Flag of Croatia.svg Mario Mandžukić Flag of Italy.svg Juventus Flag of Spain.svg Real Madrid 1–1 2016–17 UEFA Champions League
Flag of Serbia.svg Nemanja Matić Flag of England.svg Chelsea Flag of England.svg Tottenham Hotspur 4–2 2016–17 FA Cup
Flag of Spain.svg Jordi Mboula Flag of Spain.svg Barcelona Flag of Germany.svg Borussia Dortmund 4–1 2016–17 UEFA Youth League

2018

Mohamed Salah was awarded 2018's FIFA Puskas Award for his curling strike against Everton in the Merseyside derby. Mohamed Salah 2017.jpg
Mohamed Salah was awarded 2018's FIFA Puskás Award for his curling strike against Everton in the Merseyside derby.

FIFA announced the list of 10 nominees on 3 September 2018. [14]

RankPlayerTeamOpponentScoreCompetitionVote percentage [15]
1st Flag of Egypt.svg Mohamed Salah Flag of England.svg Liverpool Flag of England.svg Everton 1–0 2017–18 Premier League 38%
2nd Flag of Portugal.svg Cristiano Ronaldo Flag of Spain.svg Real Madrid Flag of Italy.svg Juventus 2–0 2017–18 UEFA Champions League 22%
3rd Flag of Uruguay.svg Giorgian De Arrascaeta Flag of Brazil.svg Cruzeiro Flag of Brazil.svg América Mineiro 1–0 2018 Campeonato Mineiro 17%
Unranked Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Gareth Bale Flag of Spain.svg Real Madrid Flag of England.svg Liverpool 2–1 2017–18 UEFA Champions League N/A
Flag of Russia.svg Denis Cheryshev Flag of Russia.svg  Russia Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia 1–0 2018 FIFA World Cup
Flag of Greece.svg Lazaros Christodoulopoulos Flag of Greece.svg AEK Athens Flag of Greece.svg Olympiacos 2–2 2017–18 Superleague Greece
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Riley McGree Flag of Australia (converted).svg Newcastle Jets Flag of Australia (converted).svg Melbourne City 1–1 2017–18 A-League
Flag of Argentina.svg Lionel Messi Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria 1–0 2018 FIFA World Cup
Flag of France.svg Benjamin Pavard Flag of France.svg  France Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 2–2 2018 FIFA World Cup
Flag of Portugal.svg Ricardo Quaresma Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal Flag of Iran.svg  Iran 1–0 2018 FIFA World Cup

2019

FIFA announced the list of 10 nominees on 19 August 2019. [16]

RankPlayerTeamOpponentScoreCompetition
1st Flag of Hungary.svg Dániel Zsóri Flag of Hungary.svg Debrecen Flag of Hungary.svg Ferencváros 2–1 2018–19 Nemzeti Bajnokság I
2nd Flag of Argentina.svg Lionel Messi Flag of Spain.svg Barcelona Flag of Spain.svg Real Betis 4–1 2018–19 La Liga
3rd Flag of Colombia.svg Juan Fernando Quintero Flag of Argentina.svg River Plate Flag of Argentina.svg Racing 1–0 2018–19 Argentine Primera División
Unranked Flag of Brazil.svg Matheus Cunha Flag of Germany.svg RB Leipzig Flag of Germany.svg Bayer Leverkusen 4–2 2018–19 Bundesliga
Flag of Sweden.svg Zlatan Ibrahimović Flag of the United States.svg LA Galaxy Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Toronto FC 1–3 2018 Major League Soccer season
Flag of Cameroon.svg Ajara Nchout Flag of Cameroon.svg  Cameroon Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 2–1 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup
Flag of Italy.svg Fabio Quagliarella Flag of Italy.svg Sampdoria Flag of Italy.svg Napoli 3–0 2018–19 Serie A
Flag of the United States.svg Amy Rodriguez Flag of the United States.svg Utah Royals FC Flag of the United States.svg Sky Blue FC 1–0 2019 National Women's Soccer League season
Ulster Banner.svg Billie Simpson Ulster Banner.svg Cliftonville Ladies Ulster Banner.svg Sion Swifts Ladies 1–2 2018 Women's NIFL Premiership
Flag of England.svg Andros Townsend Flag of England.svg Crystal Palace Flag of England.svg Manchester City 2–1 2018–19 Premier League

Awards won by nationality

CountryWin(s)Year(s)
Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 22011, 2015
Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 12009
Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey 12010
Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia 12012
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 12013
Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia 12014
Flag of Malaysia.svg  Malaysia 12016
Flag of France.svg  France 12017
Flag of Egypt.svg  Egypt 12018
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 12019

Most nominations received

Lionel Messi has been nominated a record 7 times, more than any other in the award's history. Lionel Messi 2018.jpg
Lionel Messi has been nominated a record 7 times, more than any other in the award's history.
PlayerNominations
Flag of Argentina.svg Lionel Messi [17] 7
Flag of Brazil.svg Neymar [18] 5
Flag of Sweden.svg Zlatan Ibrahimović 4

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