Puskas Award 2014 Betting: James Rodriguez Leads RVP & Roche

Tonight we will discover who has won the Puskas Award for best goal of 2014, a year in which we've seen some absolutely stonking goals.

From Robin van Persie’s flying header at the World Cup to Stephanie Roche’s sublime skill and finish for Peamount United, there were some great goals at all levels this year.

Those two goals have been named as finalists for this year's Puskas Award, along with favourite James Rodriguez. Who are you backing?



1. ROBIN VAN PERSIE for Netherlands - 5.50 third favourite

What a goal this was. The arrowed ball by Daley Blind and the outrageous diving header by Van Persie, which took everyone by surprise. Monster!


2. JAMES RODRIGUEZ for Colombia - 1.45 favourite

For a reason we’ll never quite know, James Rodriguez was not named player of the World Cup. The Colombian lit up Brazil and this brilliant volley was the crowning glory of his fine tournament. Ole!


3. STEPHANIE ROCHE for Peamount United – 4.25

Three touches of a football that Roche won’t ever forget. The first to control a difficult ball, the second to bamboozle her marker and the third to unleash an unstoppable volley. Marvellous!


And here are the other strikes that made the shortlist...

TIM CAHILL for Australia

This was all about timing and then… BOOM! - an explosive finish from the former Everton and Millwall man. Ripper!


DIEGO COSTA for Atletico Madrid

Instinct, athleticism and technique all rolled into one brilliant finish by the Spain striker! Golazo!


CAMILLO SANVEZZO for Vancouver Whitecaps

Everyone loves a good scissor kick and this came from nowhere, with the ball flying inside the near post. Wowza!


MARCO FABIAN for Cruz Azul

An immaculate first touch and spin on the edge of the box lost his marker and the chipped finish was just sublime. Reminiscent of a famous old goal by a certain Glenn Hoddle. Remarkable!


HISATO SATO for Hiroshima

This was one of those outrageous strikes that you just don’t see very often. The ball popped up and Sato’s looping volley dipped just under that bar. Cheeky!



Kasami may as well retire. He will never produce anything as good as this in his life again. The simple ball forward chested down and struck so sweetly into the opposite corner it would leave Marco van Basten drooling. Stupendous!


ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC for Paris Saint-Germain

This was classic Zlatan. With the ball behind him and the chance to score seemingly gone, the enigmatic Swede’s back-heeled volley beat the Bastia keeper. Magnifique!