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Miroslav Stoch wins goal of the year

What a screamer! Stoch beats Neymar and Falcao to goal of the year

FIFA Puskas award for his stunning volley for Fenerbahce against Genclerbirligi.

The Slovak beat Neymar's goal for Santos and Radamel Falcao's strike for Atletico Madrid to win the award on Monday at FIFA's Ballon D'Or, where Lionel Messi was crowned player of the year.

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Winner: Stoch collects the FIFA Puskas award

Winner: Stoch collects the FIFA Puskas award

But although the Slovakian Stoch, who plays for
Turkish side Fenerbahce, is not as highly-rated as the
other two, his goal certainly deserves the praise.

Stoch kept his cool and his balance to superbly volley into the top corner from the edge of the box against Genclerbirligi in a Turkish Super Lig match.

VIDEO: Watch Stoch's wonder strike

Here is who Stoch beat to the award

Radamel Falcao

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's ridiculous overhead kick against England missed the cut-off date but that sort of athleticism is on display in Falcao's effort against America de Cali.

Again reacting first to a corner, Atletico Madrid's Colombian hitman Falcao flung his body into the air and sent a vicious strike past the bewildered goalkeeper.

Neymar

Neymar's goal is a different type to the other two, its brilliance coming in the form of a hip twisting, dizzying dribble.

Showing poise, grace and fearlessness the Santos star weaved his way in and out of Internacional players before tucking the ball neatly home.

The skill involved in his solo effort is no surprise – the Brazilian won the 2011 Puskas award for a wonderful goal against Flamengo.

And the rest of the FIFA Puskas award nominees

Goal of the year – FIFA Puskas award 2012 – Radamel Falcao, Neymar and Miroslav Stoch

Who scored the goal of the year Vote for Falcao, Neymar or Stoch for the FIFA Puskas award 2012

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20:05 GMT, 30 November 2012

Mirror, mirror on the wall, which of these goals is the finest of them all

Arguably the best striker in the world, Radamel Falcao, dynamic starlet Neymar and the player best known for failing to break through at Chelsea, Miroslav Stoch, are the three players who could win the 2012 FIFA Puskas award.

The contenders: Neymar, Radamel Falcao and Miroslav Stoch

The contenders: Neymar, Radamel Falcao and Miroslav Stoch

But although the Slovakian Stoch, who plays for
Turkish side Fenebahce, is not as highly-rated as the
other two, his goal certainly deserves its place in the reckoning.

Stoch kept his cool and his balance to superbly volley into the top corner from the edge of the box against Genclerbirligi in a Turkish Super Lig match.

Miroslav Stoch

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's ridiculous overhead kick against England missed the cut-off date but that sort of athleticism is on display in Falcao's effort against America de Cali.

Again reacting first to a corner, Atletico Madrid's Colombian hitman Falcao flung his body into the air and sent a vicious strike past the bewildered goalkeeper.

Radamel Falcao

Neymar's goal is a different type to the other two, its brilliance coming in the form of a hip twisting, dizzying dribble.

Showing poise, grace and fearlessness the Santos star weaved his way in and out of Internacional players before tucking the ball neatly home.

The skill involved in his solo effort is no surprise – the Brazilian won the 2011 Puskas award for a wonderful goal against Flamengo.

Neymar

Neymar's 2011 Puskas Award winning goal

Of course, as good as these goals are, every football fan will have a different suggestion as to which they think the best is.

Newcastle fans, for example, could be forgiven suggesting Papiss Cisse's extraordinary goal against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, while Lionel Messi's sumptuous strike against Brazil made the shortlist but not the final cut.

Lionel Messi

The FIFA prize will be awarded on January 7, at the same ceremony the Ballon d'Or winner is announced. It is named after legendary Hungary striker Ferenc Puskas.

Sepp Blatter said at the award's inauguration: 'It is important to preserve the memory of those footballing greats who have left their mark on our history.

'Ferenc Puskas was not only a player with immense talent who won many honours, but also a remarkable man.

'FIFA is therefore delighted to pay tribute to him by dedicating this award to his memory.'

Cristiano Ronaldo won the first edition, in 2009, with Hamit Altintop and Neymar following him.

You can vote for which you think is the best here: http://www.fifa.com/ballondor/puskasaward/index.html

Why not tell us your favourite goal of the year in the comments section below