Tottenham have announced that Richarlison’s sensational strike for Brazil against Serbia at the World Cup has been shortlisted among the top three contenders for the 2022 Puskas Award, which is given to the best goal across the calendar year.

The goal came in Brazil’s opening World Cup game, with Richarlison doubling his tally with a brilliantly executed overhead kick after putting the Selecao upfront earlier in the game.

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The 25-year-old controlled Vinicius Junior’s pass in from the left, swivelled and fired the ball into the far corner, giving the goalkeeper no chance.

It was announced last month that the Spurs star’s strike was among the eleven goals across 2022 nominated for the Puskas.

Richarlison’s memorable strike is now one of the three finalists for the award along with Dimitri Payet’s goal for Olympique Marseille against PAOK Thessalonik and Marcin Oleksy’s for Warta Poznan against Stal Rzeszow.

If Richarlison wins the Puskas, it would have been won by a Spurs star for a third consecutive year, with Erik Lamela’s incredible rabona in the North London derby winning the prize in 2021 while Son Heung-min won the award in 2020 for his solo effort against Burnley.

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While Richarlison’s strike is certainly a memorable one, I am surprised that it has made it into the final three.

Perhaps, the occasion when the 25-year-old scored the goal is the reason why it is so highly rated and he might clinch the Puskas Award for that reason.

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