With so many goals scored every single week of the year, it’s almost impossible to keep track of the best! However, the Puskas Award nominations are normally about as accurate of a barometer as you’ll get – with 11 goals selected for the award which chooses the best goal scored in a calendar year!
What is the Puskas Award?
Established in 2009 but FIFA, the Puskas Award is bestowed upon the male or female judged to have scored the most aesthetically significant, or “most beautiful”, goal of the calendar year. In 2020, Tottenham’s Son Heung-min claimed the coveted crown, with previous winners including Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, James Rodriguez and Mo Salah, among others.
The award honours Real Madrid and Hungary legend Ferenc Puskas, widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time. Puskas scored 84 goals in 85 international matches for Hungary, as well as playing for Spain four times and scoring 514 goals in 529 matches in club football.
The 11-strong shortlist for the best goal of 2021 has been revealed, and you can watch them all below!
Luis Díaz (COL): Brazil v. Colombia [CONMEBOL Copa América] (23 June 2021)
¡Luis Díaz al Premio Puskas! ⚽
El golazo del colombiano 🇨🇴 en la CONMEBOL #CopaAmérica 🏆 ante Brasil 🇧🇷 fue nominado para participar del Premio Puskas, galardón que otorga la FIFA al mejor gol del año 👏🏼@FCFSeleccionColpic.twitter.com/NHnLkf86Jm
— Copa América (@CopaAmerica) November 30, 2021
Gauthier Hein (FRA): Chamois Niortais FC v. AJ Auxerre [Ligue 2] (10 April 2021)
— Ligue 2 BKT (@Ligue2BKT) April 12, 2021
Érik Lamela (ARG): Arsenal FC v. Tottenham Hotspur FC [Premier League] (14 March 2021)
— Premier League (@premierleague) June 5, 2021
Valentino Lazaro (AUT): Bayer 04 Leverkusen v. Borussia VfL 1900 Mönchengladbach [Bundesliga] (8 November 2020)
— Bundesliga English (@Bundesliga_EN) December 10, 2020
Riyad Mahrez (ALG): Zimbabwe v. Algeria [CAF Africa Cup of Nations qualifying] (16 November 2020)
Ladies and gentlemen .. Riyad Karim Mahrez.
— CAF (@CAF_Online) November 16, 2020
Sandra Owusu-Ansah (GHA): Kumasi Sports Academy Ladies FC v. Supreme Ladies FC [Ghana Women’s Premier League] (8 May 2021)
Ghana's 🇬🇭 Sandra Owusu Ansah has earned a Puskas nomination with this goal for Supreme Ladies vs Kumasi Sports Academy 👏 👏
Selected among the top 11 goals scored in 2020/2021 football season. pic.twitter.com/gXYr8RNelZ
— Saddick Adams (@SaddickAdams) November 29, 2021
Vangelis Pavlidis (GRE): Willem II v. Fortuna Sittard [Eredivisie] (16 May 2021)
Incredible solo goal from Vangelis Pavlidis in the Eredivisie 🔥😱 pic.twitter.com/GEwyqjCymb
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) May 16, 2021
Daniela Sánchez (MEX): Querétaro FC v. Atlético de San Luis [Liga MX Femenil] (16 January 2021)
VOTA POR EL MEJOR GOL
— TVC Deportes (@TVCDeportes) November 29, 2021
Patrik Schick (CZE): Czech Republic v. Scotland [UEFA EURO 2020] (14 June 2021)
— European Qualifiers (@EURO2024) July 14, 2021
Mehdi Taremi (IRN): Chelsea FC v. FC Porto [UEFA Champions League] (13 April 2021)
— L'UEFA 🇫🇷 (@UEFAcom_fr) April 17, 2021
Caroline Weir (SCO): Manchester City WFC v. Manchester United WFC [FA Women’s Super League] (12 February 2021)
— Barclays FA Women's Super League (@BarclaysFAWSL) February 12, 2021
You can vote for your favourite goal here!