A GOAL IN Calcutta Football League has taken Indian football by storm and it's going all the way to FIFA.
Saikat Sarkar's world class stunner for Aryan Club against Calcutta Customs on Tuesday didn't save his team from the loss, but the bicycle kick's amazing athleticism, sniper-esque accuracy and artistic brilliance has earned it a nomination for the prestigious FIFA Puskas Award.
The award is given to the most best goal of the year. And nominations come from all over the world, at all levels. It's seen by football fans as a window into the nooks and corners of the sport that are ripe with undiscovered talent. The winner is picked by voting done by experts in the sport.
The 2023 award was won by Marcin Oleksy, an amputee footballer from Poland. He beat out major names like Dimitri Payet and Richarlison to bag the honour.
Aryan Club today held a ceremony to congratulate Saikat for the nomination for the award that, other than the FIFA Golden Ball, is considered the most coveted individual prize for footballers.