Fifa Football Awards: Malaysia's Mohd Faiz Subri wins Best Goal
10 January 2017
From the sectionAsia
Image captionMalaysian 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. Also at the inaugural ceremony, held in Zurich, Cristiano Ronaldo was named the world's best player, beating old rival Lionel Messi to the title. Cristiano Ronaldo beats Lionel Messi to win Fifa best player award Best Fifa Football Awards: Who did Cristiano Ronaldo vote for? Malaysian comedian crowned 'World's Funniest Person' in 2016 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.
Image caption"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. "The secret to my success is to be disciplined in my training. I'll continue to focus on competing in this year's Malaysia Super League."