Messi in line to win new 'shibobo' award

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With Lionel Messi having won almost all there is to win in football, the FC Barcelona star could add to his collection after a unique new "shibobo" award was created.

Ahead of the release of the new arcade sports title Street Power Football, co-creators SFL Interactive and Maximum Games have announced the inception of a new award called the Panna d'Or, or Golden Nutmeg. 

Scroll through the gallery above to see which players have completed the most nutmegs this season

The award will be bestowed upon the player who completes the most nutmegs, also known as a Panna or shibobo, over the course of the 2019/20 season, according to data collected by European statistics agency StatsBomb.

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"Achieving a Panna is one of the most beautiful acts that a body can perform with a ball," freestyle world champion Sean Garnier said in a press release.

"It can bring elation from a crowd and humiliation for an opponent. Nutmegs, as the English call them, need to be celebrated as an essential part of the beautiful game and the Panna d'Or is the perfect way to do so.

"I look forward to seeing who wins this year's trophy, and then maybe they will be ready to join our line-up of freestyle legends in Street Power Football."

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Atalanta captain Alejandro "Papu" Gomez and FC Porto fullback Jesus Corona currently lead the race to win the award with 12 nutmegs each, while Barca superstar Messi is only two shibobos behind, alongside Wolverhampton Wanderers forward Diogo Jota.

The winner of the award will be announced on Monday, 24 August, following the conclusion of the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League final.

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