Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi and Los Angeles Galaxy striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic have both been named as nominees for the 2018-19 Puskas Award, which goes to the best goal of the season. Messi is there for his one-touch golazo against Real Betis in which he lofted the ball over the goalkeeper before it kissed the crossbar, while Ibrahimovic made the list for this acrobatic turn and strike against Toronto FC.
Here's a look at the full list of nominees:
Matheus Cunha vs. Bayer Leverkusen (April 6, 2019)
Juan Fernando Quintero vs. Racing Club (Feb. 10, 2019)
Zlatan Ibrahimovic vs. Toronto FC (Sept. 15, 2018)
Lionel Messi vs. Real Betis (March 17, 2019)
Ajara Nchout vs. New Zealand (June 20, 2019)
🤯 A dramatic injury-time winner that sealed #CMR's place in the #FIFAWWC knockouts— FIFA Women's World Cup (@FIFAWWC) June 20, 2019
🗳 Does Ajara Nchout get your vote for @Hyundai_Global #GoaloftheTournament?
Highlights 👉 https://t.co/M5OavEvdZU
TV listings 👉 https://t.co/t64sDOEs52 pic.twitter.com/c59QnU82iX
Fabio Quagliarella vs. Napoli (Sept. 2, 2018)
Amy Rodriguez vs. Sky Blue FC (June 16, 2019)
Billie Simpson vs. Sion Swifts Ladies (Aug. 9, 2018)
Congratulations to @CVilleLadiesFC's Billie Simpson who has been nominated for the prestigious Puskas Award.— NI Football Writers' Association (@NIFWA) August 19, 2019
This is the stunning volley that sees her now up against the likes of Lionel Messi and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. pic.twitter.com/9qHntZNTZv
Andros Townsend vs. Manchester City (Dec. 22, 2018)
Daniel Zsori vs. Ferencvaros TC (Feb. 16, 2019)
To vote, click the tweet below.
Public voting closes on Sept. 1, and the top three goals from the vote will then be voted on by FIFA legends, who will decide the winner.
Liverpool's Mohamed Salah won the trophy last season for his goal against Everton, while past winners include Ibrahimovic, James Rodriguez, Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo. Messi has been nominated a record seven times but has yet to win the award.
And just in case you are wondering why this wild MLS debut goal from Ibra isn't on the list, it's because it took place before the cut-off date of July 16, 2018.
It's better than all of the nominees, if we are being honest.