The Pukas award is a FIFA accolade given to the player who scored the best goal within the year. It is usually handed out at the Ballon d’Or gala. This year, FIFA has announced its nominees list for the award and some beautiful goals have been selected. Ibrahimovic, Van Persie and James Rodriguez have goals nominated this year alongside Republic of Ireland’s women football star, Stephanie Roche. Picking the goal of the year would be difficult. Here are the nominees for this year.
Robin van Persie (Netherlands) v Spain
Diego Costa (Atletico Madrid) v Getafe.
Tim Cahill (Australia)v Netherlands
Marco Fabian (Cruz Azul) v Puebla
Patjim Kasami (Fulham) v Crystal Palace
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (PSG) v SC Bastia http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0B2IKXRs3Y?feature=player_embedded
Stephanie Roche (ASPTT Albi) v Wexford Youths http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0L0WIK2Ync?feature=player_embedded
James Rodriguez (Colombia v Uruguay http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fedNz3dwFM?feature=player_embedded
Camilo Sanvezzo (Queretaro) v Portland Timbers http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qlwmerKFgAU?feature=player_embedded
Hisato Sato (Sanfrecce Hiroshima) v Kawasaki Frontale http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ht0KV9Yohss?feature=player_embedded