Neymar wins FIFA Puskas Award 2011
Zurich, Switzerland – Santos starÃ‚Â NeymarÃ‚Â has been awarded the FIFA Puskas Award 2011 for his sensational solo strike against Flamengo, beating Lionel Messi and Wayne Rooney to the prize for greatest goal of the year.
The winner was decided byÃ‚Â FIFA.comÃ‚Â users, with more than 1.3million votes registered in the last month since the Brazilian, Argentinian and Englishman were named as the remaining contenders.
After a shortlist of ten was announced last November, also featuring the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Heather OÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Reilly and Giovani dos Santos, the final three were confirmed in December.
NeymarÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s goal, scored during a nine-goal thriller in the Brazilian league in July last year, saw the highly-rated 19-year-old dribble past three defenders and complete a one-two with his team-mate before poking the ball past the goalkeeper.
Despite his phenomenal effort,Ã‚Â NeymarÃ‚Â could not prevent his team from losing the match 5-4, but he will be consoled by claiming an award which was won by Turkish midfielder Hamit Altintop 12 months ago.