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Son Heung-Min’s 2019 Burnley goal nominated for Puskas Award

As it should be!

Remember Son Heung-Min’s goal against Burnley? ...No, not the one from last month, the other one. Yeah, THAT one. Well, it’s been rightly lauded for a long time now, nearly a year in fact, even winning the 2019-20 Premier League Goal of the Season. And now it’s up for another award: FIFA The Best Puskas Award, for best goal in all of football.

As it should be, because it’s one hell of a goal in a nominating field that is, by definition full of “hell of a goals.” And as usual, Sonny has a lot of competition, including three goals scored by women.

Here are the other nominees, with links to their goals:

OK, there are the usual scorpion kicks and thunderbastards from long distance. There’s an audacious no-look back-heel goal and a deeeeeeeep free kick from past the halfway line that caught the keeper way off his line. But none of those other goals involve a player dribbling 90 yards at full pace past eight players in 12 seconds before slotting low into the far corner past the keeper. And to my knowledge you can’t commemorate any of the other goals in t-shirt or hoodie form.

The Puskas Award is in two stages — the initial list is whittled down to three finalists with 50% weight given via online vote on FIFA’s website, and then FIFA itself decides the winner from the final trio. That means Luis Suarez is almost guaranteed to be in the final, but if enough Tottenham fans vote we can get Sonny in the final three. You should probably do that.