Matheus Cunha's cheeky finish over Bayer Leverkusen's Lukas Hradecky for RB Leipzig in April has been nominated for the FIFA Puskas Award. - © imago images / Jan Huebner
Matheus Cunha's cheeky finish over Bayer Leverkusen's Lukas Hradecky for RB Leipzig in April has been nominated for the FIFA Puskas Award. - © imago images / Jan Huebner
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RB Leipzig's Matheus Cunha nominated for FIFA Puskas Award

RB Leipzig forward Matheus Cunha has been named on the shortlist for the FIFA Puskas Award as one of 10 nominees in a vote to find the best goal scored worldwide this year.

The Brazilian, who arrived at the Red Bull Arena in June 2018 from French side Sion, scored his contender on 6 April this year in a 4-2 win away to Bayer Leverkusen on Matchday 28 of the 2018/19 season.

Cunha, who was just 19 at the time, replaced Amadou Haidara at half-time with his side trailing Leverkusen 2-1.

Goals from Timo Werner and Emil Forsberg turned the game on its head in the second half and Cunha made sure Leipzig would return home with all three points in the 83rd minute when he spun past Wendell with an eye-catching flick before dinking the ball over Lukas Hradecky to score an effort that was later voted as Bundesliga Goal of the Month for April.

Watch: Cunha's Puskas Award nominee

The FIFA Puskas Award is so named in honour of legendary Real Madrid and Hungary forward Ferenc Puskas, widely considered one of the finest players in history after shining for club and country in the 1950s and 60s.

All of the goals on this year's shortlist were scored between 16 July 2018 and 19 July 2019 and were chosen by a panel of FIFA and external football experts.

Public voting will close on 1 September 2019 at midnight CEST. The top three goals from the vote will be then put up for a vote among FIFA legends, who will decide the 2019 FIFA Puskas Award winner.

Click here to vote for Cunha in the FIFA Puskas Award!