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FIFA Ferenc Puskás Award

The FIFA Puskás Award is an award established on 20 October 2009 by FIFA at the behest of FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) President Sepp Blatter in order to award the player, male or female, judged to have scored the most aesthetically significant and "most beautiful" goal of the year. The award is in honor of Ferenc Puskás, the Striker for Real Madrid team of 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 prize winner.


  • It should be a beautiful goal (subjective — the spread of goals should include long-range shots, team goals, overhead kicks, individual plays, etc.).
  • The importance of the match should be taken into account (objective — limited to "A" international teams, confederation championships and national top-division club matches: the more important the goal, the better).
  • The goal should not be the result of luck, mistakes or a deflection by a teammate or the other team.
  • The goal should support fair play, i.e. the player should not have behaved badly in the game or have been charged with doping, for ex.

Winners and Nominees


Rank Player Nationality Team Opponent Score Competition Vote percentage
1st Cristiano Ronaldo  Portugal England Manchester United Portugal F.C. Porto 1–0 2008–09 UEFA Champions League quarter-final 17.68%
2nd Andrés Iniesta  Spain Spain Barcelona England Chelsea 1–1 2008–09 UEFA Champions League semi-final 15.64%
3rd Grafite  Brazil Germany Wolfsburg Germany Bayern Munich 5–1 2008–09 Fußball-Bundesliga 13.39%
4th Eliran Atar  Israel Israel Bnei Yehuda Israel Maccabi Netanya 1–1 2008–09 Israeli Premier League 13.36%
5th Fernando Torres  Spain England Liverpool England Blackburn Rovers 4–0 2008–09 Premier League 9.44%
6th Nilmar  Brazil Brazil Internacional Brazil Corinthians 1–0 2009 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A 8.71%
7th Michael Essien  Ghana England Chelsea Spain Barcelona 1–1 2008–09 UEFA Champions League semi-final 7.85%
8th Luis Ángel Landín  Mexico Mexico Cruz Azul Mexico Morelia 1–1 Primera División de México Clausura 2009 7.30%
9th Emmanuel Adebayor  Togo England Arsenal Spain Villarreal 1–1 2008–09 UEFA Champions League quarter-final 4.04%
10th Katlego Mphela  South Africa South Africa South Africa Spain Spain 2–3 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup Third place match 2.59%


Rank Player Nationality Team Opponent Score Competition Vote percentage
1st Hamit Altıntop  Turkey Turkey Turkey Kazakhstan Kazakhstan 0–2 UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying Group A 40.55%
2nd Linus Hallenius  Sweden Sweden Hammarby IF Sweden Syrianska FC 2–0 2010 Superettan 13.23%
3rd Matty Burrows  Northern Ireland Northern Ireland Glentoran Northern Ireland Portadown 1–0 2010–11 IFA Premiership 10.61%
Unranked Giovanni van Bronckhorst  Netherlands Netherlands Netherlands Uruguay Uruguay 1–0 2010 FIFA World Cup semi-final N/A
Lionel Messi  Argentina Spain Barcelona Spain Valencia 3–0 2009–10 La Liga
Samir Nasri  France England Arsenal Portugal F.C. Porto 5–0 2009–10 UEFA Champions League knockout phase
Neymar  Brazil Brazil Santos Brazil Santo André 2–1 2010 Campeonato Paulista
Arjen Robben  Netherlands Germany Bayern Munich Germany Schalke 04 1–0 2009–10 DFB-Pokal Semifinals
Siphiwe Tshabalala  South Africa South Africa South Africa Mexico Mexico 1–0 2010 FIFA World Cup Group stage
Kumi Yokoyama  Japan Japan Japan North Korea North Korea 2–1 2010 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Semifinals


Rank Player Nationality Team Opponent Score Competition Vote percentage
1st Neymar  Brazil Brazil Santos Brazil Flamengo 4–5 2011 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A N/A
Unranked Lionel Messi  Argentina Spain Barcelona England Arsenal 3–1 2010–11 UEFA Champions League knockout phase
Wayne Rooney  England England Manchester United England Manchester City 2–1 2010–11 Premier League
Benjamin De Ceulaer  Belgium Belgium Lokeren Belgium Club Brugge 1–2 2011–12 Belgian Pro League
Giovani dos Santos  Mexico Mexico Mexico United States United States 4–2 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup Final
Julio Gómez  Mexico Mexico Mexico Germany Germany 3–2 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup Semifinals
Zlatan Ibrahimović  Sweden Italy Milan Italy Lecce 1–1 2010–11 Serie A
Lisandro López  Argentina Argentina Arsenal de Saraní Argentina Olimpo 2–2 2011 Torneo Apertura
Heather O'Reilly  United States United States United States Colombia Colombia 3–0 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup group stage
Dejan Stanković  Serbia Italy Internazionale Germany Schalke 04 2–5 2010–11 UEFA Champions League Quarter-final


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

See also


External links

  • Previous Editions Winners List

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