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.
The Fédération Internationale de Football Association is an organization which describes itself as an international governing body of association football, fútsal, beach soccer, and eFootball. FIFA is responsible for the organization of football's major international tournaments, notably the World Cup which commenced in 1930 and the Women's World Cup which commenced in 1991.
Joseph "Sepp" Blatter is a Swiss football administrator who was the eighth President of the FIFA from 1998 to 2015. He is currently serving a six-year ban from participating in FIFA activities.
The award is in honor of Ferenc Puskás, the striker of Real Madrid at 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.
Ferenc Puskás was a Hungarian footballer and manager, widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time and he is the son of former footballer Ferenc Puskás Senior. A prolific forward, he scored 84 goals in 85 international matches for Hungary, and 514 goals in 529 matches in the Hungarian and Spanish leagues. He became an Olympic champion in 1952 and led his nation to the final of the 1954 World Cup where he was named the tournament's best player. He won three European Cups, 10 national championships and 8 top individual scoring honors. In 1995, he was recognized as the top scorer of the 20th century by the IFFHS.
"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.
Budapest is the capital and the most populous city of Hungary, and the tenth-largest city in the European Union by population within city limits. The city had an estimated population of 1,752,704 in 2016 distributed over a land area of about 525 square kilometres. Budapest is both a city and county, and forms the centre of the Budapest metropolitan area, which has an area of 7,626 square kilometres and a population of 3,303,786, comprising 33 percent of the population of Hungary.
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.
The 2009 FIFA World Player of the Year awards took place on 21 December 2009 at the Kongresshaus Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland. Shortlists of 23 men and 10 women were announced on 30 October 2009. The final five contenders for this year’s FIFA World Player of the Year and FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year awards were announced on 7 December 2009. Lionel Messi was announced as the World Player of the Year with a record points total.
Switzerland, officially the Swiss Confederation, is a country situated in western, central and southern Europe. It consists of 26 cantons, and the city of Bern is the seat of the federal authorities. The sovereign state is a federal republic bordered by Italy to the south, France to the west, Germany to the north, and Austria and Liechtenstein to the east. Switzerland is a landlocked country geographically divided between the Alps, the Swiss Plateau and the Jura, spanning a total area of 41,285 km2 (15,940 sq mi). While the Alps occupy the greater part of the territory, the Swiss population of approximately 8.5 million people is concentrated mostly on the plateau, where the largest cities are to be found: among them are the two global cities and economic centres Zürich and Geneva.
Portugal, officially the Portuguese Republic, is a country located mostly on the Iberian Peninsula in southwestern Europe. It is the westernmost sovereign state of mainland Europe. It is bordered to the west and south by the Atlantic Ocean and to the north and east by Spain. Its territory also includes the Atlantic archipelagos of the Azores and Madeira, both autonomous regions with their own regional governments.
Offside is one of the laws of association football, codified in Law 11 of the Laws of the Game. The law states that a player is in an offside position if any of their body parts, except the hands and arms, are in the opponents' half of the pitch, and closer to the opponents' goal line than both the ball and the second-last opponent.
|1st||1–0||2008–09 UEFA Champions League||70.68%|
|2nd||1–1||2008–09 UEFA Champions League||15.64%|
|4th||1–1||2008–09 Israeli Premier League||13.36%|
|5th||4–0||2008–09 Premier League||9.44%|
|6th||1–0||2009 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A||8.71%|
|7th||1–1||2008–09 UEFA Champions League||7.89%|
|8th||1–1||Liga MX Clausura 2009||7.30%|
|9th||1–1||2008–09 UEFA Champions League||4.04%|
|10th||3–2||2009 FIFA Confederations Cup||2.59%|
|1st||2–0||UEFA Euro 2012 qualifier||40.55%|
|3rd||1–0||2010 FIFA World Cup||10.61%|
|Unranked||1–0||2010–11 IFA Premiership||N/A|
|3–0||2009–10 La Liga|
|5–0||2009–10 UEFA Champions League|
|2–1||2010 Campeonato Paulista|
|1–1||2010 FIFA World Cup|
|2–1||2010 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup|
|1st||4–5||2011 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A||N/A|
|Unranked||1–2||2011–12 Belgian Pro League|
|4–2||2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup|
|3–2||2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup|
|1–1||2010–11 Serie A|
|2–2||Argentine Primera División Apertura 2011|
|3–1||2010–11 UEFA Champions League|
|3–0||2011 FIFA Women's World Cup|
|2–1||2010–11 Premier League|
|2–5||2010–11 UEFA Champions League|
|1st||1–0||2011–12 Süper Lig||78%|
|3rd||3–1||2012 Copa Libertadores||7%|
|Unranked||1–1||2012 Africa Cup of Nations||N/A|
|2–1||2011–12 FA Cup|
|1–1||2012 Canadian Championship|
|2–0||2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup|
|2–2||2011–12 Liga de Fútbol Profesional Boliviano|
|2–2||2011–12 Süper Lig|
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.
|2nd||2–2||2012–13 Primeira Liga||30.8%|
|3rd||1–0||2013 FIFA Confederations Cup||20.5%|
|5–0||2012–13 Division 1 Féminine|
|5–1||2013 National Women's Soccer League|
|3–1||2012–13 Serie A|
|2–3||2012–13 Serie A|
|2–1||Liga MX Apertura 2013|
|2–0||2013 Copa Sudamericana|
The nominees for 2014 were announced on 12 November.
|1st||1–0||2014 FIFA World Cup||42%|
|2nd||2–0||2013–14 Irish Women's National League||33%|
|3rd||5–1||2014 FIFA World Cup||11%|
|Unranked||2–3||2014 FIFA World Cup||N/A|
|7–0||2013–14 La Liga|
|1–0||Liga MX Clausura 2014|
|4–0||2013–14 Ligue 1|
|4–1||2013–14 Premier League|
|2–1||2014 J. League Division 1|
FIFA announced the list of 10 nominees on 12 November 2015.
|1st||1–0||2015 Campeonato Goiano||46.7%|
|2nd||1–0||2014–15 Copa del Rey||33.3%|
|3rd||1–1||2015–16 UEFA Champions League||7.1%|
|Unranked||2–2||2014–15 League One||N/A|
|2–1||2014–15 La Liga|
|4–0||2015 FIFA Women's World Cup|
|3–1||Liga FPD Invierno 2014|
|4–0||2014–15 Serie A|
FIFA announced the list of 10 nominees on 21 November 2016.
|1st||4–1||2016 Malaysia Super League||59.46%|
|2nd||3–0||2016 Copa Libertadores||22.86%|
|3rd||1–0||2016 South American U-17 Women's Championship||10.01%|
|2–1||2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier|
|2–0||Copa América Centenario|
|3–0||2015–16 La Liga|
|1–0||2015–16 UEFA Champions League|
|2–1||UEFA Euro 2016|
FIFA announced the list of 10 nominees on 22 September 2017.
|1st||1–0||2016–17 Premier League||36.17%|
|2nd||1–1||2016–17 South African Premier Division||27.48%|
|3rd||2–1||2016 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup||20.47%|
|Unranked||1–0||2016–17 La Liga||N/A|
|3–1||Chilean Primera División Apertura 2016|
|5–2||2016–17 Scottish Premiership|
|1–1||Liga MX Clausura 2017|
|1–1||2016–17 UEFA Champions League|
|4–2||2016–17 FA Cup|
|4–1||2016–17 UEFA Youth League|
FIFA announced the list of 10 nominees on 3 September 2018.
|1st||1–0||2017–18 Premier League||38%|
|2nd||3–0||2017–18 UEFA Champions League||22%|
|3rd||1–0||2018 Campeonato Mineiro||17%|
|Unranked||2–1||2017–18 UEFA Champions League||N/A|
|1–0||2018 FIFA World Cup|
|2–2||2017–18 Superleague Greece|
|1–0||2018 FIFA World Cup|
|2–2||2018 FIFA World Cup|
|1–0||2018 FIFA World Cup|
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Mohamed Salah controversially won the Puskas award at the Best FIFA Football Awards 2018 on Monday night ... [he] was delighted to pick up the award, despite the controversy.