The three finalists for the 2021 FIFA Puskas Award have been named, with Erik Lamela’s north London derby ‘Rabona’ for Spurs against Arsenal among the nominations.
Patrik Schick’s halfway line strike for the Czech Republic against Scotland at Euro 2020 is also a final contender, as is Mehdi Taremi’s overhead kick for Porto in a Champions League tie with Chelsea is the third and final entry.
The winner will be selected by a panel of footballing legends and fans registered on FIFA’s website and announced at the FIFA Best Awards on 17 January.
Here are the three finalists for the 2021 FIFA Puskas Award
Erik Lamela vs Arsenal (Premier League)
Erik Lamela didn’t score a lot of goals in his eight years at Tottenham, but most of them were pretty memorable.
His cheeky ‘Rabona’ effort away at bitter rivals Arsenal was the second that he scored in the lilywhite of Spurs, putting them a goal up at the Emirates Stadium.
Patrik Schick vs Scotland (Euro 2020)
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The liver for Schick to score from the halfway line against a Scotland side playing on home soil at their first major tournament in over two decades was pure madness.
Definitely worthy of a Puskas Award nomination
Mehdi Taremi vs Chelsea (UEFA Champions League)
Just a bicycle kick, pretty common these days. Top 3?