Malaysian football star Mohd Faiz Subri has taken home Fifa’s prestigious Puskas Award for the best goal of 2016, a first for his country.
The 29-year-old from Penang secured nearly 60% of the popular vote for his free-kick in the Malaysian Super League against Pahang state in February.
He was presented with the trophy by Brazilian football legend Ronaldo.
Others in the running included players like Marlone and Venezuelan midfielder Daniuska Rodriguez.
Faiz, who plays with the Penang FA team, spoke of his surprise at his win and dedicated the prize to his family, friends and country.
“I’m extremely happy because I didn’t expect it at all, I’m certainly shocked because this is the biggest award I have ever won in my career,” he said.
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