FIFA has narrowed down the best goal of 2021 — or the Puskás award as it’s commonly known as — to three finalists. The 2021 Puskás award will be won by one of the following three players.
2021 Puskás Award Finalists
- Erik Lamela’s Rabona Goal vs. Arsenal
- Mehdi Taremi’s Bicycle Kick vs. Chelsea
- Patrik Schick’s Goal From Midfield vs. Scotland
Taremi Bicycle Kick
A little too late but Mehdi TaremiOn his pic.twitter.com/rCg99NMOMp
— CBS Sports Golazo ⚽️ (@CBSSportsGolazo) April 13, 2021
Schick From Midfield
OUT OF THIS WORLD FROM PATRIK SCHICK pic.twitter.com/1GDdrwwvmB— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) June 14, 2021
The winner will be announced on Jan. 17 during the Best FIFA Football Awards ceremony.
Somehow, we at The18 didn’t dub these three goals as Puskás worthy when they happened. Ironically, all three of The18’s English writers wrote about one of the three Puskás finalists, but the word “Puskás” wasn’t written in any of the three articles.
Taremi’s bicycle kick was described as “the best goal that will be scored in the Champions League this year.”
Lamela’s rabona was prefaced with “holy Ødegaard, you’ve never seen a shot quite like this one.”
Schick’s goal was given the honor of “one of the greatest goals ever scored at the European championship.”
Do these guys at The18 just not use the word Puskás or something? That would be an incorrect statement as eight articles were written that dubbed goals as 2021 Puskás contenders. Therefore, I present to you the goals that The18 incorrectly guessed as 2021 Puskás award contenders.
The18's Failed 2021 Puskás Award Candidates
— beIN SPORTS USA (@beINSPORTSUSA) March 21, 2021
— Rose and Crown Mosquito FC (@RCM_FC) October 10, 2021
Nadiem Amiri with a backheel nutmeg to give Leverkusen the perfect start to 2021 pic.twitter.com/vs71Vd8NZi— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) January 2, 2021
Buckle in for one of the most RIDICULOUS goals you'll ever see! pic.twitter.com/kmmMj5tlb8— Notts County FC (@Official_NCFC) February 27, 2021
2021 PUSKAS CONTENDER ALERT pic.twitter.com/SpCZwUHJMH— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) January 3, 2021
In all fairness to us, in The18’s end of the year awards article we did have Lamela’s rabona and Schick’s goal from distance as candidates for goal of the year. We weren’t completely wrong.
My prediction for the 2021 Puskás award winner is Lamela’s rabona