FIFA goal of the year nominees: Messi and Ibrahimovic

Lionel Messi celebrating his goal against Real Betis

They will now go to a public vote via FIFA's official website, which is open until September 1, and the top three will then go before a panel of Federation Internationale de Football Association greats, who will choose this year's victor.

According to GiveMeSport, the 32-year-old has now made history with his latest nomination as he has been considered for the award on seven occasions, more than any other player.

Townsend fired home a sweetly-struck volley at the Etihad Stadium just before Christmas to help Palace secure a 3-2 victory.

Messi was put up for the award after his sensational chip vs Real Betis.

Believe it or not, it's Ibrahimovic's fifth time being nominated for the award.


You can watch all 10 goals in the video below.

There are nominees from the Bundesliga, Spanish Liga and women's World Cup and one, a jaw-dropping shot by Billie Simpson of Cliftonville Ladies, from a Northern Ireland women's league game played on what appears to be a public pitch in front of no spectators.

The three women are up against Lionel Messi, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Crystal Palace's Andros Townsend for his incredible strike against Premier League champions Manchester City.

The last MLS player to be nominated for the award was Camilo Sanvezzo of the Vancouver Whitecaps in 2013. Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar have also won.

The victor will be announced at the Best FIFA Football Awards on September 23, in Milan.

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