Martin Meissner Wales striker Hal Robson-Kanu.
# 10 of the Best
From scorpion kicks to ridiculous individual goals, here's the Fifa Puskas Award shortlist
Wales striker Hal Robson-Kanu is alongside Lionel Messi and Neymar as nominees for world football’s Goal of the Year.

BARCELONA STARS LIONEL Messi and Neymar are among the nominees for Fifa’s Puskas Award, which recognises the outstanding goal in world football over the past 12 months.

Messi’s free-kick for Argentina in their Copa America Centenario semi-final victory over hosts the United States makes the ten-goal shortlist, along with Neymar’s audacious flick, spin and volley at the end of a lightning Barca counter-attack versus Villarreal.

Alongside two of La Liga’s finest imports, there is Spanish representation in the form of Mario Gaspar, for his spectacular overhead kick for against England, and Saul Niguez, whose mesmerising solo goal versus Bayern Munich in Champions League semi-final is deservedly recognised.

Euro 2016 is only represented once among the finalists, courtesy of Hal Robson-Kanu’s exquisite Cruyff turn and finish against Belgium that helped to send Wales through to the quarter-finals, but there is no place for Xherdan Shaqiri’s overhead kick against Poland.

South Africa might not have qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations next year, but Hlompho Kekana’s remarkable strike from his own half against Cameroon is up for the award.

Cornithians’ Marlone and Atvidaberg’s Simon Skrabb join Gaspar in having acrobatic volleys nominated, while Messi’s free-kick could be outshone by Mohd Faiz Subri’s vicious, swerving effort for Penang in the Malaysia Super League.

A stunning solo goal by Venezuela’s Daniuska Rodriguez against Colombia in the South American Under-17 Women’s Football Championship concludes the list, and users able to vote for their favourite until 2 December.

Then the top three goals will progress to the final round, with further votes to be gathered before the gong is presented at the Best FIFA Football Awards in Zurich on 9 January.

Here are all the goals on the shortlist:

Mario Gaspar  - 13 November 2015, Spain v England, international friendly

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Hlompho Kekana  - 25 Match 2016 , Cameroon v South Africa, Africa Cup of Nations qualifier

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

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Lionel Messi  - 21 June 2016, USA v Argentina, Copa America Centenario semi-final

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Neymar  - 8 November 2015, Barcelona v Villarreal, La Liga 

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Saul Niguez  - 27 April 2016, Atletico Madrid v Bayern Munich, Champions League​

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Hal Robson-Kanu – 1 July 2016, Wales v Belgium, Euro 2016

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


Simon Skrabb  - 31 October 2015, Gefle v Atvidaberg, Allsvenskan league, Sweden

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

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