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Sensational double backheeled goal in Paraguay tipped to win 2018 Puskas Award at Ballon d’Or gala in December

Hernan Novick takes Jorge Rojas' backheel into his stride, then backheeling it through defender's before curling in strike.

A sublime “double backheel” goal scored in Paraguay is being tipped to win the Puskas Award in December.

It occurred during Cerro Porteno’s 2-0 victory over Sportivo Luqueno.

Jorge Roja backheels ball directly behind him as he fools defender

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Jorge Rojas backheels ball directly behind him as he fools defender

Hernan Novick controls ball by backheeling it through opponent's legs

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Hernan Novick controls ball by backheeling it through opponent’s legs

A ball is played out to the right-flank, which takes to winger Jorge Rojas a little too far wide.


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However, rather than check back, he backheels it directly behind himself, fooling the onrushing defender.

It comes to Hernan Novick who steps over it with his right foot and, which then then drags back to knock it through his opponent’s leg with his heel with his first touch.

The piece of skill opens up enough space just outside the six yard box for the Uruguayan to curl beyond the Luqueno goalkeeper.

Hernan Novick curls the ball past the goalkeeper after sensational build-up

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Hernan Novick curls the ball past the goalkeeper after sensational build-up

Cristiano Ronaldo won Puskas Award in 2009 with long-range effort against Porto

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Cristiano Ronaldo won Puskas Award in 2009 with long-range effort against Porto

Wayne Rooney was in contention for Puskas Award back in 2011

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Wayne Rooney was in contention for Puskas Award back in 2011

It was a sublime piece of skill, and will surely be in contention to win the “Goal of the Year” award.

One tweeter posted in Spanish that Novick is surely a “contender”, while another insisted he is already “preparing his speech” to receive the gong.

Another told Fifa to “stop looking” as the winner was right here.

While, others in his homeland were less certain, claiming only that he had had “at least earned himself a place on the podium.”

The Puskas Award is handed out every December during the Ballon d’Or ceremony.

In 2017, Olivier Giroud’s scorpion kick effort against Crystal Palace came out on top, with Nemanja Matic’s scorcher in the FA Cup semi-final also in the top ten.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Cristiano Ronaldo have both won the award, while Neymar edged out Lionel Messi and Wayne Rooney in a star-studded 2011 list.


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