This award is in honor of Ferenc Puskás, the captain of Hungary's Magical Magyar team of the 1950s and central member of the highly successful Real Madrid side of the 1960s. Puskás is widely considered by many to be the most powerful and prolific forward European football produced in first division football, and scored a once world record of 84 goals in 85 internationals. He is the top scorer of the 20th century with 512 goals in 528 matches.
The Puskas Award was established in 2009, with Christiano Ronaldo winning it for his superb long (really long) distance goal against Porto, while playing for Manchester United during the 2008–09 UEFA Champions League.
The nominations for this year's award are :
- Hamit Altintop
- Matty Burrows
- Linus Hallenius
- Lionel Messi
- Samir Nasri
- Arjen Robben
- Siphiwe Tshabalala
- Giovanni van Bronckhorst
- Kumi Yokoyama
The winner will be announced at the FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala on 10 January 2011.
And of course... the video of all the 10 goals...
Ronaldo's wonder goal