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Neymar misses out on 2012 FIFA Puskás award

Neymar receiving the Puskás award last year
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Santos star Neymar has missed out on the 2012 FIFA Puskás award for the best goal of the year to Fenerbahçe winger Miroslav Stoch.

The 20-year-old won the accolade last year for an incredible solo effort against Flamengo and made the final three nominees again this year.

However, the Brazilian’s goal against Internacional in March, which saw him evade a string of challenges as he ran the length of the pitch to finish neatly, only managed to earn him third place.

Fenerbahçe's Miroslav Stoch picked up this year’s award for his superb hooked volley against Genclerbirligi in March.

The Slovakia international saw off competition from Atlético Madrid striker Radamel Falcao, who claimed second place with his stunning bicycle kick against América de Cali.

The three goals received the most votes during the first phase of voting before going head-to-head for the final prize, which was awarded at Monday’s FIFA Ballon d'Or gala, where Lionel Messi was crowned player of the year.


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