Monday 23 September 2019, Milan
Daniel Zsori was just 18 years old, and waiting on the touchline to make his senior debut in the Hungarian top flight against Ferencvaros who were – at that time – top of the league. His manager Andras Herczeg gave him the nod, with less than ten minutes left on the clock and his side trailing 1-0. What happened next was the stuff of fairytale.
With the game heading into stoppage time and his side Debrecen level at 1-1, after team-mate Daniel Tozser had equalised shortly after his introduction, Zsori pulled a rabbit out of the hat.
Adam Bodi crossed the ball into the penalty box and I just thought: 'Why not have a go?' I’d practised the move plenty of times in my training sessions and copied it from my idol Cristiano Ronaldo. I held my breath for a moment as the ball flew towards the goal."
‘The move’ was a perfectly-executed and stunning bicycle kick in stoppage time, which flew towards goal, past the helpless Ferencvaros goalkeeper and into the net – securing three points for his side in the most dramatic of fashions. The fairytale’s finale has now seen Zsori claim the 2019 FIFA Puskás Award, after a fan vote shortlisted his goal into the top three of the year and a panel of legends elected him the award winner.