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Rodriguez wins goal of the year award

ZURICH, Switzerland: Colombian star James Rodriguez’s sublime volley for Colombia against Uruguay in their last 16 match at the World Cup was voted goal of the year at the FIFA Ballon d’Or awards on Monday in Zurich.

The 23-year-old — who was outstanding as Colombia reached the quarter-finals only to lose to Brazil — came out top ahead of Robin van Persie’s header at full stretch against Spain in the World Cup final group game against Spain and surprise finalist Irishwoman Stephanie Roche.

Netherlands striker Robin van Persie was also in the final three for his goal against Spain in the World Cup.

Roche, who scored a stunner for Peamount against Wexford in the Irish top flight, had hoped to be the first female winner of the Puskas Award.

But Rodriguez’s control and volley from 25 yards was enough to win.

Roche’s spectacular effort in the Bus Eireann Women’s National League was in front of an estimated 95 people on 13 October 2013.

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