Argentinian midfielder Álvaro Barreal of FC Cincinnati in the USA is among eleven nominees for the Puskas Award, part of FIFA’s The Best gala and honoring the best goal of the season.
The soccer player, a native of Vélez Sarsfield, was selected for a left-footed volley from the crescent zone that hit the top right corner of the Pittsburgh Riverhounds’ goal in a US Open Cup match on June 6.
The Puskas Prize, named after the aesthetic goals of the legendary Hungarian striker Ferenc Puskás, on this occasion honors the goals scored between December 19, 2022 and August 20, 2023.
Barreal, 23, will face Colombia’s Linda Caicedo (Colombia), Paraguay’s Julio Enciso (Brighton, England), Korea’s Seong-jin Kan (South Korea) and Australia’s Sam Kerr (Australia). , the Uruguayan Brian Lozano (Atlas of Mexico) , the Brazilian Guilherme Madruga (Botafogo of Brazil), the Spaniard Ivan Morante (Ibiza FC of Spain), the Kazakh Askhat Tagybergen (national team of Kazakhstan) and the Brazilian Beatriz Zaneratto (national team of Brazil ). ).
Fans can vote for their favorite goal on the FIFA website from today until next Tuesday, October 10th. These elections and the consideration of a panel of FIFA Legends will form the method of determining the winner who will be recognized at the FIFA The Best gala, although a date has not yet been set.
The Puskas Award has been presented since 2009 and has only been won once by an Argentine: midfielder Erik Lamela won the 2021 edition with a spectacular rabona in a game between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal in the Premier League.
Lionel Messi has been part of the final shortlist three times (2011, 2015, 2019), but came third the first time and second the remaining two times.