Every year at FIFA's World Player of the Year gala an award for the best goal of the year is given out. This award is called the Puskas Award. By description it is give to the player 'judged to have scored the most aesthetically significant, or "most beautiful", goal of the year.'
One of this year's candidates is United States Women's National Team star and World Cup Golden Ball winner Carli Lloyd. Her miraculous goal from near the halfway line in the World Cup final against Japan is one of 10 candidates for the honor.
It should be no surprise that this goal is a finalist for the 'most beautiful' goal of the year. This strike was unlike anything we've ever seen on the biggest occasion. Sure there have been goals from the midfield stripe before, but never with the audaciousness and ingenuity on the grandest of stages.
If you've been living under a rock for the last six months here's a clip of the goal:
You can see a full list of the candidates along with a clip of their goals right here.