Posted: Wednesday November 14, 2012 12:58PM ; Updated: Wednesday November 14, 2012 7:10PM

Messi on short list for FIFA goal of the year

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Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi scored a hat trick in Argentina's 4-3 win over Brazil in June at MetLife Stadium.
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ZURICH (AP) -- Lionel Messi's stunning solo strike in Argentina's 4-3 win over Brazil in June is among the 10 nominations for the FIFA goal of the year.

Goals by Colombia striker Radamel Falcao, Brazil forward Neymar and France playmaker Hatem Ben Arfa are also on the shortlist, which will be reduced to three on Nov. 29 following a public vote on the websites of FIFA and France Football magazine.

The winner of the FIFA Puskas Award, named after Hungarian great Ferenc Puskas, will be revealed on Jan. 7 at the Ballon d'Or gala in Zurich.

Neymar won the 2011 award and will look to retain the prize courtesy of his goal for Santos against Internacional on March 7, when he scored following a maze of dribbling from mid-field.

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