SPORT: Lionel Messi Barcelona star earns Puskas Award nomination

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Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has been nominated for the FIFA Puskas Award that credits the finest goal scored in world football during a calendar year.

Messi, who is also in contention for a fifth Ballon d’Or at FIFA’s January ceremony in Zurich, was voted through from a 10-goal selection thanks to a stunning solo effort in Barcelona’s Copa del Rey final triumph against Athletic Bilbao in May.

A goal against Barcelona – Alessandro Florenzi’s long-range strike for Roma in this season’s Champions League – and Wendell Lira’s bicycle kick for Goianesia against Atletico Goianiense in Brazil’s Campeonato Goiano complete the three final contenders.

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