Ball’s wonder-goal for Fleetwood in FIFA’s world top ten

David Ball celebrates his wonder goal

David Ball celebrates his wonder goal

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David Ball’s equaliser for Fleetwood against Preston North End has been nominated as one of the world’s 10 best goals of the year.

Ball is the only British player to make to shortlist for FIFA’s Puskas Award.

His 25-yard strike in March’s televised Highbury derby is up against goals from Lionel Messi and Carlos Tevez for the prestigious prize.

The FIFA website gives a glowing description of the 24-year-olds finish. It says: “Not only did David Ball demonstrate some fine footwork with a few clever touches on the top of Preston North End’s box, but his equalising goal was just as talented as his fast feet.

“After receiving the ball with his back to goal, Ball turned and, with three touches in the tightest of spaces, he created enough space for himself to lob the goalkeeper with a clever chip that settled into the far corner.”

Ball told The Gazette he was “honoured” by the nomination.

Besides Ball, Messi and Tevez, the other nominated goals were scored by Alessandro Florenzi, Marcel Ndjeng, Philippe Mexes, Wendell Lira, Gonzalo Castro, Esteban Ramirez and Carli Lloyd.

To view the goals and nominees visit fifa.com/ballon-dor/puskas-award