Former Debrecen man Daniel Zsori has scooped the Puskas Award for the most beautiful goal scored in 2019, the 18-year-old Hungarian beating off competition from Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and River Plate’s Juan Fernando Quintero.Having been introduced just a few minutes from full time with his side tied at 1-1 with Ferencvaros, the youngster fired home an overhead kick from the edge of the box in the 93rd minute – all on his professional debut.Having made 25 appearances in total during his time with Debrecen, scoring two goals, Zsori secured a transfer to fellow Nemzeti Bajnokság I side Fehervar during the summer. Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career What lies in the future of what is sure to be a long career for Zsori remains to be seen, but beating one of football’s all-time greats in Lionel Messi to lift the award is sure to provide confidence on his journey.Indeed, the goal Messi was nominated for was obviously stellar strike itself, the five-time Ballon d’Or-winning Argentine looping a sumptuous lob over the head of Real Betis goalkeeper Pau Lopez from the edge of the box.Messi’s incredible strike was the final goal in what was a routine 4-1 victory for the reigning La Liga champions.The last name on the three-man shortlist was River’s Quintero, whose incredible curling, long-range free-kick opened the scoring against Racing Club, beating ‘keeper Gabriel Arias with his wonderstrike.River would go on to beat their February opponents 2-0 courtesy of an own goal from Alejandro Donatti.The Puskas Award was inaugurated in October 2009, with Cristiano Ronaldo’s iconic 40-yard strike against Porto for Manchester United in the Champions League winning the first honour.Judging the beauty of a goal is subjective, but the Puskas Award is awarded to the most visually significant goal. It is not awarded to a goal scored through a fluke, through a mistake or through a deflection – the goal should have been meant by the player.A panel of select FIFA and external experts select the initial 10 nominees.The public then vote for their favourite goal on the FIFA official website. The top three goals to have earned the most votes will be presented to a panel of FIFA Legends, and they decide the winner of the Puskas Award to be announced at FIFA’s The Best Awards ceremony in September.The Puskas Award pays tribute to legendary former Real Madrid striker and Hungary international Ferenc Puskas, who is regarded as one of the best players of all-time.Puskas was an integral member of his Blancos side in the 1950s and 1960s, as well as the Hungary national team. Seen as one of the most iconic forwards in European football of his generation and beyond, he netted a then-world record of 84 goals in 85 international matches for Hungary.
The Chief Minister of the Northern Province, C V Wigneswaran, has said that US Air Force’s medical team, currently in the province on a goodwill visit, will examine former LTTE combatants who had fallen sick allegedly because they were injected with poisonous substances by the Sri Lankan armed forces when they were undergoing detention or rehabilitation after surrender, the New Indian Express reported.In the past few weeks, Tamil politicians and the media have been highlighting the death of 104 ex-combatants who had allegedly been given injections as part of an “inoculation program”. Some others had complained of physical debility after release from detention or rehabilitation. Ravi Karan, Sivajilingam and former MP Suresh Premachandran said that a credible examination could be conducted only by non-Sri Lankan doctors. Chief Minister Wigneswaran told the Northern Provincial Council that he had mentioned the plight of the former combatants in his conversation with the US Ambassador, Atul Keshap, when the latter was in Jaffna to inaugurate a five-day program of the USAF’s Operation Angel medical team there, and asked if the USAF team could examine them and give an independent report. The US envoy said that the USAF could examine select patients and decide what to do next. Therefore, a few of the cases will be referred to the US team, the Chief minister said. The issue of the sick and dead ex-combatants was raised by NPC member M.K.Sivajilingam and the Chief Minister had responded to him.Earlier, an NPC member from Mullaitivu district, T.Ravikaran, had charged that 104 ex-combatants had died of poisoning by the Sri Lankan armed forces while they were in custody or undergoing rehabilitation. He quoted an ex-LTTE cadre who told a Sri Lankan government committee on reconciliation recently, that he had been considerably weakened physically by these injections which were said to be “inoculations” against communicable diseases. “When I was in the militant movement I could carry two cement bags at a time, but now can’t even lift 10 kg” the cadre had said.Provincial Heath Minister Dr.P.Sathiyalingam offered to get the cadres screened. So did the Sri Lankan Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne, even as the Sri Lankan army spokesman, Brig.Jayanath Jayaweera, described the charge as completely false.The NPC then unanimously passed a resolution expressing concern about the ex-combatants and sought medical screening of all former cadres. According to the Chairman of the NPC, CVK.Sivagnanam, the USAF might even send the preliminary diagnosis to the US for further action. The US team would be in Jaffna only for five days. Since the USAF’s Operation Angle medical team was in Jaffna for a five day program, Chief Minister Wigneswaran requested the US envoy to get the team’s men to examine the sick cadres and he readily agreed.However, the ruling party in the Northern Province, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), is not united on this issue. Fisheries Minister B.Deniswaran said on Tuesday that is it wrong to allege that ex-combatants had died or are sick because of deliberate poisoning, even before doing a survey. The TNA’s spokesman M.A.Sumanthiran told Express hat no comment can be made before ascertaining the facts. “We are trying to ascertain the facts,” he said. (Colombo Gazette)