Soccer: The best goals of 2012

The annual celebration of great goals contains the best strikes from around the world, and was won last year by Brazilian superstar Neymar. Photo / Getty Images.
The annual celebration of great goals contains the best strikes from around the world, and was won last year by Brazilian superstar Neymar. Photo / Getty Images.

Fifa has announced the 10 nominees for the 2012 Puskas Award, a list of the top 10 "most beautiful" goals of the year.

The list was compiled by a panel of experts and members of Fifa's Football Committee, though the winner will be determined by a public vote.

The annual celebration of great goals contains the best strikes from around the world, and was won last year by Brazilian superstar Neymar.

The 20-year-old Santos ace is included once again this year, as is Lionel Messi for a sublime effort in Argentina's friendly with Brazil.

Former Chelsea youngster Miroslav Stoch also features, while Radamel Falcao, the in-demand Atletico Madrid striker, has a chance of glory thanks to his goal against America de Cali.

Strangely, Ben Arfa's goal for Newcastle wasn't even voted as the club's best of the previous campaign, with that accolade going to the Premier League goal of the season, Papiss Cisse's wonder-strike against Chelsea.

The award is named after Real Madrid and Hungarian legend Ferenc Puskás, who tormented defenders the world over during the 1950s.

Fans are invited to vote for their favourite on the FIFA website, with the eventual winner being announced at the Ballon d'Or 2012 gala in January.

-nzherald.co.nz

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