The prize is given by FIFA to one of the best aim of the yr and this yr’s candidates embrace ever-present Lionel Messi, earlier winner Zlatan Ibrahimovic and a few lesser recognized names comparable to Billie Simpson of Northern Eire Premiership facet Cliftonville Girls.
Simpson is hoping to turn into the primary feminine winner of the award — named after legendary Hungarian star Ferenc Puskás — together with Cameroon’s Ajara Nchout and Amy Rodriguez of the Utah Royals.
The prize was first awarded in 2009 to Cristiano Ronaldo and since then, stars comparable to Neymar, James Rodriguez and final yr’s victor Mohamed Salah have gone on to win.
The general public votes on the preliminary high 10, earlier than a FIFA panel chooses a winner from the highest three.
With out a membership and struggling to feed his household, Lira stated the prize modified his life. He went on to signal for Vila Nova however knee accidents compelled him retire on the age of 27 and he went on to turn into a gamer and YouTuber.
Public voting for the 2019 award closes on September 1.