While football fans anxiously await the name of the next Ballon d’Or, another prestigious football trophy could soon be awarded to a player from… AJA Auxerre. Gauthier Hein is on the list of players in contention for the Parix Puskas, which rewards the most beautiful goal of the year. The names of the selected goal scorers were unveiled on Monday, November 29.
📣 𝗢𝘆𝗲́ 𝗼𝘆𝗲́ 📣We have something 𝘁𝗼𝘁𝗮𝗹𝗲𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗳𝗼𝘂 to announce 🤩Our Auxerrois @gauthier_hein is nominated for the Puskas Prize 2021 !!!!! Call your uncles, aunts, brothers, neighbors and whoever you want to vote for our attacker 🎉🎉🥳🥳 https://t.co/vJGIZdTTww
This goal, the Burgundian attacking midfielder scored on Saturday April 10 against Niort, during the 32nd day of Ligue 2, 2020-2021 edition. In the 69th minute of play, the AJA player receives the ball on the right side, he sinks into the penalty area before transplanting into the axis, eliminating 5 defenders on his own and finish with a powerful strike in the right window of the opposing goalkeeper.
A nice icing on a hearty cake, since that night AJA had won 4 goals to 0.
The native of Thionville is the only representative of the Ligue 2 championship, in the midst of renowned players such as Riyad Mahrez (Algerian international and Manchester City winger) or Erik Lamela (Argentine international and Sevilla FC player). A total of 8 players were selected for the award. To vote for the Bourguignon of the stage, it’s here!
While not as publicized as the famous Ballon d’Or, the Puskas Trophy remains a famous individual award in the football world. Created in 2009, it owes its name to a Hungarian striker from the 1950s, famous for his sense of goal and spectacular achievements. For 12 years, several legendary players from the football galaxy have won it, such as Neymar, Zlatan Ibrahimovic or Cristiano Ronaldo.
Gauthier Hein will he become the second French player to glean the Puskas trophy, after a certain Olivier Giroud in 2017? Answer on January 17th.