Lamela rabona, Schick screamer and Taremi overhead up for Puskas Award

Erik Lamela’s north London derby rabona, Patrik Schick’s halfway line screamer in the Euros and Mehdi Taremi’s overhead kick against Chelsea nominated for FIFA Puskas award for the best goal of 2021

  • Three incredible goals have been nominated for the 2021 FIFA Puskas Award
  • Erik Lamela has made the cut for his ridiculous rabona against Arsenal for Spurs
  • Patrik Schick’s halfway line screamer against Scotland at the Euros is on the list
  • The final nominee is Mehdi Taremi’s overhead kick against Chelsea last April 

Erik Lamela, Patrik Schick and Mehdi Taremi have been announced as the finalists of the FIFA Puskas award for the best goal of 2021.

The trio of stunning strikes will go head-to-head at The Best FIFA Football Awards on January 17, with the winner succeeding Son Heung-min’s 2020 winner.

Of the three nominees, Lamela’s was the first – with his incredible rabona goal coming on a busy weekend for the Argentine.

Erik Lamela’s incredible rabona against Arsenal is one of three FIFA Puskas award nominations

Patrik Schick’s incredible halfway line goal against Scotland at the Euros is also in the running

Then at Tottenham, he didn’t start the north London derby at Arsenal and he didn’t finish it either, coming on as a sub, scoring the wonder goal and then getting sent off.

The strike itself came with the score at 0-0, and left his team-mates shaking their head in disbelief at what they had just seen. Arsenal went on to come from behind to win the match 2-1 at the Emirates.

The second of the nominees came a month later in April, when Iranian Taremi scored an incredible goal for Porto against Chelsea in the Champions League.

In another match taking place behind-closed-doors, the striker gave his side hope in the dying stages of their quarter-final second leg.

After Chelsea had won the first leg 2-0 in London, Taremi’s wonder goal gave the Portuguese side a glimmer of hope, but it was not to be as the game ended 1-0.

Finally, the third nomination comes from the rescheduled Euros, with the Czech Republic facing Scotland in the group stages at Hampden Park.

Schick wheels away in celebration after scoring the screamer at Hampden Park back in June

Mehdi Taremi’s overhead kick against Chelsea in the Champions League is the third nominee

Taremi’s goal won the match for Porto but they still bowed out of the Champions League

Schick was the man of the match in a 2-0 win, but the most memorable moment by far came at the start of the second half, with the Czechs already 1-0 up courtesy of Schick’s opener.

The Bayer Leverkusen man found himself with the ball just past the halfway line, and eyeing David Marshall off his line, he tried the spectacular – firing the ball from long-range and into the back of the net.

The strike was later voted Goal of the Tournament, but could yet win the most prestigious goal award yet if it receives the most votes later this month. 

All the winners of The Best FIFA Football Awards 2021, including the recipients of the FIFA Fan Award and the FIFA Fair Play Award, will be crowned on 17 January during a TV show broadcast live from the home of FIFA in Zurich.

Later this week, FIFA will announce the final three nominees for Best Goalkeeper, Best Coach and Best Player in both the men’s and women’s categories.  

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