.File photo: Robin van Persie of the Netherlands scores his country’s first goal with a diving header in the first half during the Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup Group B match against Spain at Arena Fonte Nova on 13 June , 2014 in Salvador, Brazil. –
The wonderful goal scored by Van Persie at Brazil 2014 World Cup has been listed for the World Goal of the Year; aka the Puskas Award.
World football governing body, FIFA announced on Wednesday its 10 finalists for World Goal of the Year; aka the Puskas Award named after the great Hungarian striker Ferenc Puskas, who starred for Real Madrid in the 1950s and 60s.
It’s an eclectic collection of goals that favors skill over power and even ventures as far as a women’s league in Ireland to find a worthy top-10 candidate.
FIFA says fans will decide the winner and, as is often the case with such awards, star power will be a huge factor. However, many may be surprised if either of Robin van Persie (Brazil 2014 wonder goal), James Rodriguez or Zlatan Ibrahimovic finishes first in the poll.
Ibrahimovich won it last year with this memorable goal for Sweden in a friendly against England).
It was gathered that only goals scored between 3 October, 2013 and 26 September, 2014 were considered, and that the winning goal will be announced on 1 December, 2014.