Barcelona A memorable moment for him
In 2015, Wendell Lira‘s life changed drastically. Playing for Goianesia Esporte Clube in Brazil, Lira scored a attractive objective against Atletico Clube Goianiense that saw him nominated for the Puskas Award in 2015.
His objective was named the finest objective of the year and that saw him beat Lionel Messi, who came second with his extraordinary dribble and finish against Athletic Club in the Copa del Rey final at the Camp Nou.
“I had currently decided that I was going to take my personal life,” Lira admitted to Globo.
“The award came at a vital moment. Thank God I did not finish up creating that quite critical error.”
Lira did not anticipate to win the award, even so, specifically right after seeing Messi‘s objective on social media.
“At 1st I believed I had no likelihood of winning and I did not think that FIFA have been calling me,” Lira added.
“I saw Messi‘s Instagram and I believed he’d win for positive since he had so several followers. So there came a time when I began to think [that Messi would win] as well.”
For the striker, who is now retired, he was in disbelief when he was named as the Puskas Award winner.
“It was like a story,” Lira stated.
“I never know if I will have realised [that I won] it in 15 or 20 years’ time.
“I beat Messi and I won the Puskas Award.
“For me, possessing my name inscribed in the history of football is worth a lot far more than all the funds in the globe.”
Lira won with 46 % of the vote although Messi‘s strike received 33 %.