FIFA Puskas Award

The Puskas Award, named after Hungary and Real Madrid legend Ferenc Puskas (late 1950s and the 1960s)

The Puskas Award, named after Hungary and Real Madrid legend Ferenc Puskas (late 1950s and the 1960s)

The FIFA Pukas Award was created in 2009 in honour of Real Madrid icon Ferenc Puskas, captain and star of the Hungary national team during the 1950s.

The Puskas Award is handed out to the player judged to have scored the best goal of the year.

The criteria are: an aesthetically beautiful goal, awarded without distinction of championship, gender or nationality.

Until 2018, the award was decided by a fan vote on FIFA’s official website. However, after Mohamed Salah controversially won the award that year with a rather unremarkable goal, the procedure was changed.

Now, FIFA-selected pundits choose the winner from a top three voted for by the public.

The FIFA Pukas Award was created in 2009 in honour of Real Madrid icon Ferenc Puskas, captain and star of the Hungary national team during the 1950s.

The Puskas Award is handed out to the player judged to have scored the best goal of the year.

The criteria are: an aesthetically beautiful goal, awarded without distinction of championship, gender or nationality.

Until 2018, the award was decided by a fan vote on FIFA’s official website. However, after Mohamed Salah controversially won the award that year with a rather unremarkable goal, the procedure was changed.

Now, FIFA-selected pundits choose the winner from a top three voted for by the public.

List of FIFA Puskás Award winners and nominees

This page contains an overview of all FIFA Puskás Award winners and nominees since 2009.

2023 winners and nominees

Year Rank Player Team Score Competition
2023 1 Guilherme Christino
Botafogo Futebol Clube (SP)
1–0 2023 Campeonato Brasileiro Série B
2023 2 Nuno Santos
Sporting CP
1–0 2022–23 Primeira Liga
2023 3 Julio Enciso
Brighton & Hove Albion F.C.
1–1 2022–23 Premier League
2023 Álvaro Barreal
FC Cincinnati
2–0 2023 U.S. Open Cup
2023 Askhat Tagybergen
Kazakhstan
3–2 UEFA Euro 2024 qualification
2023 Bia Zaneratto
Brazil
3–0 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup
2023 Brian Lozano
Atlas F.C.
2–2 Liga MX Clausura 2023
2023 Iván Morante
UD Ibiza
1–0 2022–23 Segunda División
2023 Min-jun Kang
South Korea
2–0 2023 AFC U-20 Asian Cup
2023 Linda Caicedo
Colombia women's
1–0 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup
2023 Sam Kerr
Australia
1–1 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup

2022 winners and nominees

Year Rank Player Team Score Competition
2022 1 Marcin Szeibe
Warta Poznań
1–0 2022 PZU Amp Futbol Ekstraklasa
2022 2 Dimitri Bamballi
Olympique de Marseille
2–0 2021–22 UEFA Europa Conference League
2022 3 Richarlison
Brazil
2–0 2022 FIFA World Cup
2022 Alessia Russo
England
4–0 UEFA Women's Euro 2022
2022 Alou Kuol
Australia
1–0 2022 AFC U-23 Asian Cup
2022 Amandine Henry
Olympique Lyonnais Féminin
1–0 2021–22 UEFA Women's Champions League
2022 Francisco Solé
Central Córdoba de Santiago del Estero
1–0 2022 Liga Profesional
2022 Kylian Mbappé
France
2–2 2022 FIFA World Cup
2022 Mario Balotelli
Adana Demirspor
7–0 2021–22 Süper Lig
2022 Salma Celeste Paralluelo Ayingono
Villarreal CF (women)
1–0 2021–22 Liga F
2022 Theo Hernández
A.C. Milan
2–0 2021–22 Serie A

2021 winners and nominees

Year Rank Player Team Score Competition
2021 1 Erik Lamela
Tottenham
2–1 2020–21 Premier League
2021 2 Mehdi Taremi
FC Porto
1–0 2020–21 UEFA Champions League
2021 3 Patrik Schick
Czech Republic
2–0 UEFA Euro 2020
2021 Mark Weir
Manchester City
3–0 2020–21 FA WSL
2021 Érick Sánchez
Querétaro FC
3–2 Liga MX Femenil Guardianes 2021
2021 Gauthier Hein
AJ Auxerre
3–0 2020–21 Ligue 2
2021 Luis Díaz
Colombia
1–0 2021 Copa América
2021 Riyad Mahrez
Algeria
2–0 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
2021 Owusu-Ansah Kontor
Hasaacas Ladies
1–1 2020–21 Ghana Women's Premier League
2021 Valentino Lazaro
Gladbach
3–4 2020–21 Bundesliga
2021 Vangelis Pavlidis
Willem II Tilburg
1–0 2020–21 Eredivisie

2020 winners and nominees

Year Rank Player Team Score Competition
2020 1 Heung-min Son
Tottenham
3–0 2019–20 Premier League
2020 2 Giorgian de Arrascaeta
Clube de Regatas Vasco da Gama
3–0 2019 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A
2020 3 Luis Suárez
FC Barcelona
4–1 2019–20 La Liga
2020 André-Pierre Gignac
Tigres UANL
3–0 Liga MX Clausura 2020
2020 Mark Weir
Manchester City
1–0 2019–20 FA WSL
2020 Grant Kekana
Mamelodi Sundowns FC
1–0 2019–20 Premier Soccer League
2020 Jordan Pickford
Dundalk FC
2–3 2020 League of Ireland Premier Division
2020 Joao Quinonez
CSD Colo Colo
1–0 2019 Ecuadorian Serie A
2020 Shirley Iveth Cruz Trana
Costa Rica
3–1 2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship
2020 Sophie Louise Ingle
Chelsea
3–0 2019–20 FA WSL
2020 Zlatko Junuzovic
Red Bull Salzburg
6–1 2019–20 Austrian Bundesliga

2019 winners and nominees

Year Rank Player Team Score Competition
2019 1 Dániel Zsóri
Debreceni VSC
2–1 2018–19 Nemzeti Bajnokság I
2019 2 Lionel Messi
FC Barcelona
4–1 2018–19 La Liga
2019 3 Juan Fernando Caicedo
CA River Plate
1–0 2018–19 Superliga Argentina
2019 Nchou Njoya Ajara
Cameroon
2–1 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup
2019 Esteban Rodríguez Loera
Utah Valley Wolverines (Utah Valley University)
1–0 2019 National Women's Soccer League
2019 Andros Townsend
Crystal Palace
2–1 2018–19 Premier League
2019 Philip Simpson
Cliftonville FC
1–2 2018 Women's Premiership
2019 Fabio Depaoli
UC Sampdoria
3–0 2018–19 Serie A
2019 Matheus Cunha
RB Leipzig
4–2 2018–19 Bundesliga
2019 Zlatan Ibrahimović
Los Angeles Galaxy
1–3 2018 Major League Soccer

2018 winners and nominees

Year Rank Player Team Score Competition
2018 1 Mohamed Salah
Liverpool FC
1–0 2017–18 Premier League
2018 2 Cristiano Ronaldo
Real Madrid
3–0 2017–18 UEFA Champions League
2018 3 Giorgian de Arrascaeta
Cruzeiro Esporte Clube
1–0 2018 Campeonato Mineiro
2018 Benjamin Pavard
France
2–2 2018 FIFA World Cup
2018 Denis Cheryshev
Russia
1–0 2018 FIFA World Cup
2018 Gareth Bale
Real Madrid
2–1 2017–18 UEFA Champions League
2018 Lazaros Christodoulopoulos
AEK Athens
2–2 2017–18 Superleague Greece
2018 Lionel Messi
Argentina
1–0 2018 FIFA World Cup
2018 Quaresma
Portugal
1–0 2018 FIFA World Cup
2018 Riley McGree
Newcastle United Jets
1–1 2017–18 A-League

2017 winners and nominees

Year Rank Player Team Score Competition
2017 1 Olivier Giroud
Arsenal F.C.
1–0 2016–17 Premier League
2017 2 Oscarine Masuluke
Baroka FC
1–1 2016–17 South African Premier Division
2017 3 Deyna Cristina Castellanos Naujenis
Venezuela
2–1 2016 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup
2017 Alejandro Domenez
Universidad de Concepción
3–1 Campeonato Nacional Apertura 2016
2017 Jeferson Hurtado Valencia
Club Tijuana
1–1 Liga MX Clausura 2017
2017 Jordi Mboula
FC Barcelona
4–1 2016–17 UEFA Youth League
2017 Kevin-Prince Boateng
UD Las Palmas
1–0 2016–17 La Liga
2017 Mario Mandzukic
Juventus Academy Miami Juventus -Pogba 08
1–1 2016–17 UEFA Champions League
2017 Moussa Diaby
Celtic F.C.
5–2 2016–17 Scottish Premiership
2017 Nemanja Matic
Chelsea
4–2 2016–17 FA Cup

2016 winners and nominees

Year Rank Player Team Score Competition
2016 1 Faiz Mazlan
Penang NTFA
4–1 2016 Malaysia Super League
2016 2 Marlone
Sport Club Corinthians Paulista
3–0 2016 Copa Libertadores
2016 3 Daniuska Isamar Rodriguez Pineda
Venezuela
1–0 2016 South American U-17 Women's Championship
2016 Hal Robson-Kanu
Wales
2–1 UEFA Euro 2016
2016 Hlompho Kekana
South Africa national soccer team
2–1 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
2016 Lionel Messi
Argentina
2–0 Copa América Centenario
2016 Mario Gaspar
Spain
1–0 Friendly
2016 Neymar
FC Barcelona
3–0 2015–16 La Liga
2016 Saúl Ñíguez
Real Madrid
1–0 2015–16 UEFA Champions League
2016 S. Skrabb
Åtvidabergs FF
1–0 2015 Allsvenskan

2015 winners and nominees

Year Rank Player Team Score Competition
2015 1 Elias
Goianésia Esporte Clube
1–0 2015 Campeonato Goiano
2015 2 Lionel Messi
FC Barcelona
1–0 2014–15 Copa del Rey
2015 3 Alessandro Volpe
AS Roma
1–1 2015–16 UEFA Champions League
2015 Sam Vines
United States
4–0 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup
2015 Carlos Tevez
Juventus Academy Miami Juventus -Pogba 08
4–0 2014–15 Serie A
2015 Chory Castro
Real Sociedad
2–1 2014–15 La Liga
2015 Dominic Ball
Fleetwood Town
2–2 2014–15 League One
2015 Esteban Granados
Herediano U20
3–1 Liga FPD Invierno 2014
2015 Marcel Ndjeng
SC Paderborn 07
3–1 Friendly
2015 Jean-Philippe Mateta
AC Milan
1–0 Friendly

2014 winners and nominees

Year Rank Player Team Score Competition
2014 1 James Rodríguez
Colombia
1–0 2014 FIFA World Cup
2014 2 Stephanie Roche
Peamount United
2–0 2013–14 Women's National League
2014 3 Rav van den Berg
Netherlands
1–1 2014 FIFA World Cup
2014 Camilo Sanvezzo
Vancouver Whitecaps FC
2–2 2013 Major League Soccer
2014 Diego Bri
Real Madrid
5–0 2013–14 La Liga
2014 Hisato Sato
Sanfrecce Hiroshima
2–1 2014 J.League Division 1
2014 Marco Rojas
CD Cruz Azul
1–0 Liga MX Clausura 2014
2014 Pajtim Kasami
Fulham FC
1–1 2013–14 Premier League
2014 Matthew Cahill
Australia
1–1 2014 FIFA World Cup
2014 Zlatan Ibrahimović
Paris Saint-Germain
1–0 2013–14 Ligue 1

2013 winners and nominees

Year Rank Player Team Score Competition
2013 1 Zlatan Ibrahimović
Sweden
4–2 Friendly
2013 2 Nemanja Matic
SL Benfica
1–1 2012–13 Primeira Liga
2013 3 Neymar
Brazil
1–0 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup
2013 Antonio Donnarumma
Udinese Calcio
3–1 2012–13 Serie A
2013 Cristian Ludueña
CF Pachuca
2–1 Liga MX Apertura 2013
2013 Juan Campos
Clube Náutico Capibaribe
2–0 2013 Copa Sudamericana
2013 Lisa De Vanna
ENations Sky Blue
5–1 2013 National Women's Soccer League
2013 Liassine Cadamuro
Olympique Cayenne
5–0 2012–13 Division 1 Féminine
2013 Panagiotis Kone
Bologna FC 1909
2–3 2012–13 Serie A
2013 Peter Ankersen
Esbjerg fB
5–1 2013–14 Superliga

2012 winners and nominees

Year Rank Player Team Score Competition
2012 1 Miroslav Stoch
Fenerbahce
6–1 2011–12 Süper Lig
2012 2 Radamel Falcao
Real Madrid
1–0 Friendly
2012 3 Neymar
Santos FC
3–1 2012 Copa Libertadores
2012 Emmanuel Badu
Ghana
1–0 2012 Africa Cup of Nations
2012 Thierry Hassli
Vancouver Whitecaps FC
1–1 2012 Canadian Championship
2012 Erlan Mealla
CA Nacional Potosí II
2–2 2011–12 Liga de Fútbol Profesional Boliviano
2012 Hatem Ben Arfa
Newcastle United
1–1 2011–12 FA Cup
2012 Lionel Messi
Argentina
4–3 Friendly
2012 Moussa Sow
Fenerbahce
1–0 2011–12 Süper Lig
2012 Raúl Jiménez
Mexico
2–0 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup

2011 winners and nominees

Year Rank Player Team Score Competition
2011 1 Neymar
Santos FC
4–5 2011 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A
2011 2 Lionel Messi
FC Barcelona
1–0 2010–11 UEFA Champions League
2011 3 Wayne Rooney
Manchester City
2–1 2010–11 Premier League
2011 Benjamin De Ceulaer
Koninklijke Sporting Club Lokeren Oost-Vlaanderen
1–2 2011–12 Belgian Pro League
2011 Aleksandar Stankovic
Inter Milan
1–0 2010–11 UEFA Champions League
2011 Giovani dos Santos
Mexico
4–2 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup
2011 Will Reilly
United States
1–0 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup
2011 Julio Gómez
Mexico
3–2 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup
2011 Lisandro Martínez
Sarandi de Sarandi Grande
2–2 Primera División Apertura 2011
2011 Zlatan Ibrahimović
AC Milan
1–0 2010–11 Serie A

2010 winners and nominees

Year Rank Player Team Score Competition
2010 1 Hamit Altintop
Turkey
2–0 UEFA Euro 2012 qualification
2010 2 Linus Hallenius
Hammarby IF
2–0 2010 Superettan
2010 3 Rav van den Berg
Netherlands
1–0 2010 FIFA World Cup
2010 Arjen Robben
FC Bayern Munich
1–0 2009–10 DFB-Pokal
2010 Tomonobu Yokoyama
Japan
2–1 2010 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup
2010 Lionel Messi
FC Barcelona
3–0 2009–10 La Liga
2010 Matthew Burrows
Glentoran FC
1–0 2010–11 IFA Premiership
2010 Neymar
Santos FC
2–1 2010 Campeonato Paulista
2010 Samir Nasri
Arsenal F.C.
3–0 2009–10 UEFA Champions League
2010 Siphiwe Tshabalala
South Africa national soccer team
1–0 2010 FIFA World Cup

2009 winners and nominees

Year Rank Player Team Score Competition
2009 1 Cristiano Ronaldo
Manchester City
1–0 2008–09 UEFA Champions League
2009 2 Andrés Iniesta
FC Barcelona
1–1 2008–09 UEFA Champions League
2009 3 Grafite
VfL Wolfsburg
5–1 2008–09 Bundesliga
2009 4 Eliran Atar
Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv
1–1 2008–09 Israeli Premier League
2009 5 Pau Torres
Liverpool FC
4–0 2008–09 Premier League
2009 6 Nilmar
Sport Club Internacional
1–0 2009 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A
2009 7 Emmanuel Essien
Chelsea
1–0 2008–09 UEFA Champions League
2009 8 Luis Mario Iturbide Vázquez
CD Cruz Azul
1–1 Liga MX Clausura 2009
2009 9 Emmanuel Adebayor
Arsenal F.C.
1–1 2008–09 UEFA Champions League
2009 10 Katlego Mphela
South Africa national soccer team
2–2 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup

FIFA Puskas Award Winners by nationality

Country Win(s) Year(s)
Brazil
Brazil
3 2023, 2015, 2011
Argentina
Argentina
1 2021
Colombia
Colombia
1 2014
Egypt
Egypt
1 2018
France
France
1 2017
Hungary
Hungary
1 2019
Malaysia
Malaysia
1 2016
Poland
Poland
1 2022
Portugal
Portugal
1 2009
Slovakia
Slovakia
1 2012
South Korea
1 2020
Sweden
Sweden
1 2013
Turkey
Turkey
1 2010

FIFA Puskas Award Winners by club

Country Win(s) Year(s)
2 2021, 2020
Arsenal F.C.
1 2017
Botafogo Futebol Clube (SP)
1 2023
1 2014
1 2019
1 2012
1 2015
1 2018
1 2009
1 2016
1 2011
1 2013
1 2010
Warta Poznań
1 2022