Messi misses out as Zsori stunner seals Puskas Award

first_imgFormer 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.last_img read more

Travelex Insurance Services recognized as Best Travel Insurance at Virtuoso® Awards

first_imgAugust 27, 2018 (LAS VEGAS) – For the 10th consecutive year, Travelex Insurance Services graciously accepted Virtuoso’s ‘Best Service Partner’ award, an indicator of the luxury travel industry’s best travel insurance provider. The award was presented during the 30th annual Virtuoso Travel Week at the Bellagio Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. The theme of this year’s event was ‘Your World Awaits.’  The accolade is especially noteworthy as only a fraction of the travel network’s 1,700 partners received honors at the event. It was Travelex’s 10th consecutive year receiving the award and 11th year overall.  “Travelex Insurance Services’ achievements, including their thorough knowledge and superior service, coupled with the value they place on the travel advisor relationship, have helped Virtuoso become the industry-leading network it is today,” said Albert Herrera, senior vice president, Global Product Partnerships at Virtuoso. “As one of our exclusive award winners, Travelex is enhancing Virtuoso’s reputation as a trailblazer in luxury travel, providing the network with a competitive edge in the products and benefits we offer savvy travelers round the world.”  President of Travelex Insurance Services Michael J. Ambrose added: “We are grateful to our incredible partners who helped us achieve this distinctive honor for over a decade. Receiving the ‘Best Service Partner’ award for 10 straight years is a humbling and uplifting experience that speaks to the importance of developing strong travel advisor relationships. Virtuoso Awards are special because they allow travel industry peers to recognize each other for excellence, and everyone at Travelex is proud to be recognized.”   Travelex Insurance Services is a leading travel insurance provider in the United States with over 55 years combined industry expertise of helping people dream, explore and travel with confidence. Headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, Travelex Insurance Services was founded in 1996 when the Travelex Group purchased Mutual of Omaha Companies’ travel insurance distribution services. Travelex Insurance Services became a subsidiary of Cover-More Holdings USA, Inc. in November 2016, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Zurich Insurance Group Limited (“ZIG”), headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland. Travelex Insurance Services delivers a wide range of travel protection plans through travel agencies, tour operators and at travelexinsurance.com. Plans are underwritten by Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company.  Virtuoso® is the leading international travel agency network specializing in luxury and experiential travel. This by-invitation-only organization comprises over 1,000 travel agency partners with 17,500 elite travel advisors in 50 countries throughout North America, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa and the Middle East. Drawing upon its preferred relationships with 1,700 of the world’s best hotels and resorts, cruise lines, airlines, tour companies and premier destinations, the network provides its upscale clientele with exclusive amenities, rare experiences and privileged access. More than (U.S.) $23.7 billion in annual travel sales makes Virtuoso a powerhouse in the luxury travel industry. For more information, visit www.virtuoso.com.last_img read more