Date: 22nd November 2016 at 12:58pm
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Hal Robson-Kanu’s exploits at the European Championships over the summer have seen him nominated for the Puskas Award, alongside Barcelona’s Lionel Messi.

FIFA have announced the shortlist for the 2016 Puskas Award and Robson-Kanu finds himself in the mix owing to his goal at Euro 2016 against Belgian as Wales charged their way into the Semi Finals.

His strike at the quarter final stage has already won him the FA Wales Goal of the Year and the BBC Euro 2016 Goal of the Tournament, and now he’s looking and hoping for a third.

Speaking to the Daily Mail with news of his appearance on the shortlist, our summer signing said.

‘It’s a great feeling to be nominated and naturally I’m delighted. It’s an extremely prestigious award and everyone knows it’s importance. That goal has already won FA Wales Goal of the Year and BBC Euro 2016 goal of the tournament; I would love it to win this as well to crown a great summer for football in Wales.’

The 27 year old went on to add.

‘I’ve scored some good goals in my career, for club and country. I’ve also scored important goals, however perhaps that goal was most significant because it was in a European Championship quarter-final against a team that many considered to be the tournament favourites. When the ball hit the back of the net it was incredible seeing the Welsh fans wall of red behind the goal. It’s a feeling I will never forget.’

He ended by saying.

‘It’s great being nominated for an award alongside players like Messi and Neymar who are known for scoring wonderful goals, however all of the goals nominated are of the highest standard. My goal was scored during an important game as well as being technically difficult so perhaps that may be a factor in the voting. Amongst the other goals in particular Saul Niguez’s play against Bayern was fantastic.’

Robson-Kanu’s goal can be seen below – and in the right hand menu, the strikes of the other nine contenders for the Award can be viewed as well.

Some absolute crackers!

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