Wendell Lira wins FIFA Puskás Award 2015
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Lira's goal was a Lionel Messi, whose solo goal against in the final won 33.3% of the vote. , who plays for AS Roma, scored a 50 long-range goal against FC Barcelona in a group stage match and came third with 7.1% of the vote., in a 2–1 victory for on March 11; he has since moved to . His goal won 46.7% of the vote, with about 1.6 million people voting. He won the award ahead of five-time winner
When Lira's name was announced he broke into tears. He said "It honestly feels like a dream." Only 297 spectators were present in the stadium, Lira said, when he scored the goal in a regional championship of the second division. He added "I could never have guessed that it would change my life so much".
This was his first time in Europe. As a player of a second division football club, he said "I've been struggling to get my head around meeting so many stars, let alone being up for [the] award with Messi and then having my goal beat his in the vote." Lira also thanked "my family and all those who voted for me."
Messi praised the goal. "The fact is it's a great goal and he deserved it. The award is in good hands".
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