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No Messi or Neymar as the final shortlist for FIFA Puskas award is announced

Marlone, Daniuska Rodrigeuz and Mohd Faiz are the players in contention.

BARCELONA STARS LIONEL Messi and Neymar have both failed to make the final shortlist for Fifa’s Puskas Award, which recognises the outstanding goal in world football over the past 12 months.

Spain Soccer La Liga No Messi or Neymar in the final shortlist Source: Manu Fernandez

The striking duo were both named on the original shortlist of 10 goals but it is Corinthians player Marlone, Venezuela’s Daniuska Rodriguez and Penang’s Mohd Faiz Subri who have made the final three-player shortlist.

Marlone’s acrobatic volley for Corinthinas caught the eye while Subri’s stunning free-kick was registered in the Malaysia Super League. Rodriguez’s effort came against Colombia in the South American Under-17 Women’s Football Championship.

A vote will now take place for the overall winner with all votes from the first round to be added to the votes from the second round.

The vote, which decides the best goal between 30 September 2015 and 30 September 2016 inclusive, will close on 9 January, with the winner announced and presented with their award later that day at the ceremony in Zurich.

Here’s the final three in the running:

Mohd Faiz Subri – 16 February 2016, Penang v Pahang, Malaysia Super League

Source: sports channel 1/YouTube

Daniuska Rodríguez – 14 March 2016, Venezuela v Colombia, South American U-17 Women’s Football Championship

Source: VOZALTERNATIVA CARACAS/YouTube

Marlone – 21 April 2016, Corinthians v Cobresal, Copa Libertadores

Source: FootyLive100/YouTube

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