Mohd Faiz Subri has made history by becoming the first ever Malaysian to win the prestigious FIFA Puskas Award!
The 29-year-old Penang footballer garnered nearly 60% of the votes, beating Brazil's Marlone and Daniuska Rodriguez of Venezuela to clinch the award for goal of the year
The trio made the nominated shortlist after receiving the most number of online votes from an initial stage of 10 players that includes world-famous footballers like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
The trophy was awarded to Faiz by Brazilian legend at the 2016 FIFA Football Awards in Zurich yesterday, 9 January
In February last year, Faiz scored a stunning goal with a swerving free kick at the Stadium Bandaraya in Penang. Footage of his physics-defying goal went viral, instantly catapulting Faiz into international fame.
Speaking in English, Faiz thanked God, his family, the Penang Football Association, and the FA of Malaysia (FAM)
"Honestly it never crossed my mind that I would be at this level and be able to stand with world-class players. I would like to say thank you to my team, my coach, my family, my father, my mother and all the people who voted me - thank you very much," Faiz said as quoted by The Sun.
Congrats, Faiz! What a win! The nation is undoubtedly very proud of you!