Beauties, scorchers and the near-impossible.
Robin van Persie’s flying header against Spain at the Brazil 2014 World Cup left Iker Casillas contemplating sudden retirement and became an Internet meme. Colombian star James Rodriguez’s sweet volley against Uruguay in the quarterfinals of the same competition won the Goal of the Tournament award. Zlatan Ibrahimović’s scorpion backheel goal for Paris Saint-Germain against Bastia in October last year is, well, a scorpion backheel goal.
Those are the kind of goals that have been nominated for this year’s FIFA Puskás Award, a five-year-old award that honours the “most beautiful” goal scored during the year. The winning goal and two runner-ups are selected by voting on FIFA.com. Watch the shortlisted goals here.