La Liga goal earns Boateng Fifa Puskas Award nomination

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The attacker is among 10 players shortlisted for the best goal of the 2016-17 season

Ghana international Kevin-Prince Boateng is in contention for the Fifa Puskas Award.

The Eintracht Frankfurt midfielder's goal against Villarreal while playing for Spanish side Las Palmas last season is among the 10 strikes on a shortlist announced by the world football governing body on Friday.

The award essentially seeks to reward the scorer of the best goal of the 2016-17 campaign.

Against Villarreal in October last year, Boateng emerged finisher of a neat play build-up at Estadio de la Ceramica.

After Tana Dominguez back-flipped a ball into the box, the German-born made no mistake with his attempt, acrobatically hitting a shot on the volley to give the Yellows a first half lead.

The goal, however, could not fetch UD the desired points as the home side equalized and registered the winner after recess.

But Boateng, who transferred from Las Palmas to Bundesliga outfit Eintracht Frankfurt in August, could soon be reaping some form of reward after a year.

He, however, faces stiff opposition from the likes of Croatian striker Mario Mandzukic, Serbian ace Nemanja Matic and Arsenal and France frontman Olivier Giroud.

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To be decided by votes, the winner of the award will be announced at the London Palladium on 23rd October. 

Boateng is the third Ghanaian to be nominated for the top gong in recent years after Michael Essien and Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu in 2009 and 2012 respectively.

 

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