Marcin Oleksy won the Puskás Award for the best goal of the year, which was presented to him on Monday at the International Football Federation (FIFA) Gala in Paris.
The Polish footballer scored the winning goal during a game between Warta Poznan and Stal Rzeszow in Poland’s domestic amputee soccer league in November last year. After being nominated for the Puskás Award last month, Oleksy said that he “hopes it will help in the promotion and development of amputee football not only in Poland but also around the world,” Notes from Poland reminds.
According to FIFA‘s website, construction worker Oleksy, now aged 35, suffered a life-changing accident on 20 November 2010. He was working to fill a hole in the road when a vehicle veered off the track and into his path, crushing his legs.
At the FIFA Gala, Oleksy received the award named after legendary Hungarian soccer player Ferenc Puskás from Alessandro Del Piero and Carli Lloyd.
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