Brazil and Santos star Neymar wins 2011 FIFA Puskas award

The Brazilian youngster was rewarded for his solo action in a league match with the highly coveted award, beating Lionel Messi and Wayne Rooney for the honor
Santos forward Neymar has been announced as the winner of FIFA's 2011 Puskas award for the best goal of the year.

Neymar was rewarded for his stunning solo strike during Santos' 5-4 defeat against Flamengo in the Brasileirao in July. The 19-year-old moved past
a string of opponents before calmly sending the ball past the goalkeeper.

The Brazil international, who beat Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Manchester United's Wayne Rooney for the honor, was presented the award by Real Madrid legend Hugo Sanchez.

"I am really happy to be at this ceremony, to win this award against two great players, of whom I am fan," Neymar said. "I want to thank God for this and I would like to wish everyone a good ceremony."

Neymar, who has a contract with Santos until 2015, has committed his club future to the Copa Libertadores holders until the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

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