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This man made history after winning the FIFA Puskas Award

James Robinson

Among the glitz and glamour of the inaugural Best FIFA Football Awards you’d be forgiven for failing to recognise Mohd Faiz Subri.

But the 29-year-old Malaysian made history after becoming the first Asian footballer to win the FIFA Puskas Award for the best goal of the year.

Three words for you. ALL. THAT. SWAZZ.

The attacking midfielder beat Corinthians midfielder Marlone and Venezuelan Daniuska Rodriguez, who was aiming to become the first female footballer to win the honour.

Subri is the eighth winner of the award, which was first lifted by Cristiano Ronaldo for his long-range strike against Porto in the Champions League.

But he’ll be hoping for a more successful career than Wendell Lira who picked up the Puskas Award in 2015.


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Wendell had his contract terminated with Vila Nova after struggling for game time and, presumably, an immense amount of pressure to score a wündergoal every time he stepped out onto the pitch.

He explicitly blamed the awards for his failings, saying: “I’m in Vila Nova, just not playing.

“Because of the awards [happening during] the pre-season it took me a while to get in shape.”

So take note Subri, get yourself into training asap or face the consequences.

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