Forgotten Chelsea wonderkid won Puskas Award with outrageous first-time volley

Forgotten Chelsea wonderkid Miroslav Stoch won the FIFA Puskas Award for an outrageous first-time volley in 2012.

The former Blues winger, 32, has recently retired from football following a one-year stint with Slovan Liberec in the Czech Republic first division. Stoch was signed by Chelsea as a teenager and finished the 2006/07 season as the top scorer for the under-18 side.

He made his debut for the first-team, from the bench, against Arsenal 18 months later, replacing Deco in the 80th minute as the Blues were beaten at home by their London rivals. Reduced to substitute cameos, the Slovakian left the club on loan for FC Twente before sealing a permanent switch to Fenerbahce in 2010 – where he netted his Puskas-winning goal.

The sizzling first-time volley defeated entries from both Neymar Jr and Radamel Falcao, claiming the prestigious Goal of the Year award with 78 per cent of the vote.

Coming in a 6-1 mauling against Genclerbirligi Spor Kulubu, a pinged corner delivery to the edge of the area was sweetly met by Stoch who rifled the ball into the top left corner, via the post, before wheeling away in celebration.

"I feel fantastic," he said after scooping the 2012 award. "It's amazing. I didn't expect to even get in the first 10 and then I didn't expect it to get to the final 3. I have to say thank you to everyone who works for me because if the fans didn't vote then I'm not standing here."

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Asked about his goal Stoch responded: "I think it was ok! It was nice. But first of all, big credit has to go to our ex-captain Alex [de Souza] he played the perfect ball."

"The only thing I had was to shoot because maybe if I control the ball, I lose it and then they counter-attack. So, I just shoot it and I think I couldn't have shot it better."

In a 17-year professional career, Stoch claimed league titles in the Netherlands, Turkey, the UAE and the Czech Republic before announcing his retirement at the end of last season.

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