WATCH: Can Malaysian viral sensation Mohd Faiz Subri upset the likes of Messi and Neymar for Fifa’s goal of the year prize?
The Penang striker became a viral sensation for his amazing knuckleball free-kick
Little-known Malaysian footballer Mohd Faiz Subri admits he can’t quite believe he’s being mentioned in the same breath as icons such as Lionel Messi and Neymar for Fifa’s goal of the year award.
The 29-year-old Penang striker became a viral sensation for his amazing ‘knuckleball’ free-kick.
It was among 10 nominations announced by Fifa for the prize which will be announced on January 9.
And with the prize decided by online voting, Malaysians are rallying around their candidate for the ‘Puskas Award’, named after Hungarian legend Ferenc Puskas.
Faiz’s strike – the only goal from an Asian player on the list – had more views than any of the others on Fifa’s YouTube page, in an indication of his support.
“I was speechless when I got confirmation that my goal made it into Fifa’s list,” Faiz told Malaysian paper The Star.
“I don’t have high hopes of winning. I have seen the other goals on the list ... I will not be disappointed if I don’t win it,” he added.
“I feel like I’ve done enough to put Malaysian football on the world map with the top-10 listing. It is an honour .... not for me only, but for Penang and the country. It’s a great boost for Malaysian football to have a nominee.”
Faiz scored his goal against Pahang in February, and the video immediately went viral, with even the country’s Prime Minister tweeting praise.
Watch all the goals below: