Man United’s Robin van Persie ‘honoured’ by Puskas award nomination

The Manchester United striker was thrilled to see his goal named on the shortlist for the prize

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Robin van Persie has described his pride at being nominated for the Fifa Puskas goal of the year award.

The Manchester United striker’s diving header in the Netherlands’ 5-1 thrashing of Spain at the World Cup was named as one of the 10 contenders for the prize, with the winner set to be announced at the Ballon d’Or ceremony in Zurich in January.

Van Persie tweeted: “Very honoured with the nomination of “the goal of the year worldwide” – the FIFA Puskas award.”

Fifa described the goal as follows: “The Netherlands were 1-0 down to Spain when Daley Blind launched a high, hanging ball forward towards Robin van Persie.

“The watching world expected the Oranje captain to take it down but he instead produced a first-time header from just inside the box, which looped over Iker Casillas and set his side en route to a stunning 5-1 victory.”

Fifa Puskas award 2014: The 10-goal shortlist

Tim Cahill – 18 June 2014, Australia v. Netherlands, 2014 FIFA World Cup

Diego Costa – 23 November 2013, Atletico Madrid v. Getafe, Primera División (Spain)

Marco Fabian – 15 February 2014, Cruz Azul v. Puebla, 1a División 2014 Clausura (Mexico)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic – 19 October 2013, Paris St. Germain v. SC Bastia, Ligue 1 (France)

Pajtim Kasami – 21 October 2013, Crystal Palace v. Fulham, Premier League (England)

Stephanie Roche -20 October 2013, Peamount United v. Wexford Youths, BEWNL (Rep.Ireland)

James Rodriguez – 28 June 2014 – Colombia v. Uruguay, 2014 FIFA World Cup

Camilo Sanvezzo – 6 October 2013 – Vancouver Whitecaps v. Portland Timbers, MLS (USA/Canada)

Hisato Sato – 8 March 2014 – Sanfrecce Hiroshima v. Kawasaki Frontale, J.League (Japan)

Robin van Persie – 13 June 2014 – Spain v. Netherlands, 2014 FIFA World Cup

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