The 2016 Puskas award nominees have been announced and there's no room for Dele Alli's wonderstrike in FIFA's ten goal shortlist for this year's award, but there is for Hal Robson-Kanu and Lionel Messi.
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Lovers of great goals will always look forward to the awarding of the Puskas award at the end of the annual year. The award looks to celebrate the best goals of the year and the nominees for the 2016 edition of the competition have been announced.
There's a place for Hal Robson Kanu's excellent goal in Wales' Euro 2016 quarter final victory over Belgium, plus Barcelona stars Neymar and Lionel Messi both find themselves on the shortlist along with a few less decorated players.
A few players will be disappointed to miss out on the ten goal shortlist. Dele Alli's wonderstrike versus Crystal Palace wasn't deemed good enough for the list and there's no room for Zoltan Gera's excellent strike for Hungary which won goal of the tournament at this summer's Euro 2016.
The full list of nominees are as follows:
- Mario Gaspar - 13.11.2015, Spain v. England, International Friendly
- Hlompho Kekana - 26.03.2016, Cameroon v. South Africa, Africa Cup of Nations qualifier
- Marlone - 21.04.2016, Corinthians v. Cobresal, Copa Libertadores
- Lionel Messi - 21.06.2016, USA v. Argentina, Copa América Centenario semi-final
- Neymar - 08.11.2015, Barcelona v. Villarreal, La Liga (Spain)
- Saúl Ñíguez - 27.04.2016, Atlético Madrid v. Bayern Munich, UEFA Champions League
- Hal Robson-Kanu - 01.07.2016, Wales v. Belgium, UEFA EURO 2016
- Daniuska Rodríguez - 14.03.2016, Venezuela v. Colombia, South American U-17 Women’s Football Championship
- Simon Skrabb - 31.10.2015, Gefle v. Åtvidaberg, Allsvenskan league, Sweden
- Mohd Faiz Subri - 16.02.2016, Penang v. Pahang, Malaysia Super League
You'll always find a couple of goals from more obscure matches and players in the Puskas award nominees and you may not have had the pleasure of seeing a couple of goals on the above list - so we've taken the liberty of including a few clips of them below - enjoy!
Mohd Faiz Subri
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