Former Tottenham star makes three-man shortlist for prestigious award

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Former Tottenham midfielder Erik Lamela has been named as one of three finalists competing for the FIFA Puskas Award for his brilliant rabona against Arsenal last season.

Lamela came on as a substitute for the injured Son Heung-min in the first half at the Emirates back in March and made an instant impact in quite spectacular fashion.

The Argentine produced a brilliant rabona, which nutmegged Thomas Partey and flew into the bottom corner past Bernd Leno.

Unfortunately, the remainder of the encounter was not particularly memorable for either Lamela or Spurs as the former Roma man got sent off and the Gunners came back from a goal down to win 2-1.

Lamela, who departed Spurs in the summer to join Sevilla following eight seasons in North London, has now made the final three for the FIFA Puskas award 2021 for his brilliant effort.

The former Tottenham man is joined by Patrik Schick (for the Czech Republic against Scotland at Euro 2020) and Mehdi Taremi (for Porto away to Chelsea in the Champions League) in vying for the prize.

Should Lamela win the award, it will be a second season in a row that a Spurs player has won it after Son Heung-min took home the prize last year for his brilliant solo effort against Burnley.

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That goal would have been one of the most memorable Tottenham goals in history (possibly rivalling Gazza’s FA Cup semifinal free kick) had we managed to win the game. Unfortunately, that was not to be the case but Lamela’s goal certainly deserves to win the Puskas Award ahead of the other two strikes.

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