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I have lots of messages telling me to keep working, telling me that I am my country, my mily and all of the people that I love proud, says Castellanos.

If you are good enough, you are old enough, with less need to wait for a youngster to fill out or bulk up.

The temptation is to draw an analogy with the mens game, imagining perhaps that Jadon Sancho - a star for England Under-17s, an unused sub for Manchester City and now Borussia Dortmund - had been nominated for the mens award.

Front and centre is the goal that is up for Fis Puskas award on Monday - amammoth 94th-minute lobbed winnerstraight from kick-off against Cameroon that kept her sides World Cup campaign alive.

It was not hard to leave my mily, but the language was harder, she said.

A lot of people feel that she hasnt been tested, but I have been watching this kid since she was 14. I think she is one of the best footballers that I have ever seen.

The news spread from there. Castellanos Florida State team-mates surrounded her at the hotel breakst table and smothered her in embraces. Congratulations flooded in on social media.

The same morning that Castellanos learned she was one of the nominees for the Fi Best award, she and her team-mates also ran into NBA legend Shaquille ONeal in their hotel

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Castellanos played for an academy side run by former Borussia Monchengladbach playmaker Juan Arango - Venezuelas record goalscorer and cap-winner - before the move to the United States.

He reckoned without Deynas mother though. As his work as a hardware wholesaler took him r from home, Yrene Naujenis hatched an alternative plan.

Occasionally somebody from Venezuela or another Latin American country will stop me for a picture on campus, but, considering there are 45,000 students here, it is not a lot.

Some have accused Fi of promoting a future ce of the womens game instead of rewarding the excellence of the present.

She has 14 in 15 games so r for Florida State this season and six in nine for Santa Clarita Blue Heat - the Californian pro-am outfit she turned out for in the off-season.

I love watching her. She is very quick on the ball, has extraordinary ability to change direction and can finish from anywhere.

But he saw I loved it and allowed me to continue.

It was me, her and my brother and I kept going to practice.

In 2014, as a 14-year-old, she was jointtop-scorer at the Under-17 World Cup.

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The numbers are impressive, but the showreel even more so.

I only really knew how to say hello and yes. I understood more, but it was hard communicating with my team-mates, coaches. Now though I have a lot more confidence and I love it here.

Ora kung-fu volleyen route to a collegiate hat-trick.

Deynas ability was spotted as a five-year-old when a coach saw her playing with a ball on the sidelines of her older brother Alvaros practice sessions.

While she is prospering abroad, back home, Venezuela is slowly folding in on itself.

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Sam Kerr, number 20, also led Australia to victory in the Tournament of Champions with victories over the United States, Japan and Brazil in July

Everything I do here is thinking of the national team and thinking of the Venezuelan people, my mily and Venezuela. For me, Venezuela is the best.

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Then there isa nimble turn and rifled finish against Canada.

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The evening before Fi announced its shortlists, she scored a superb 30-yard free-kick, but for her Florida State university team in a 2-1 win away to Louisville.

Castellanos - a Barcelona n - wants to move to Europe once she graduates. Could a WSL side fit the bill?

For now it is just about the goals. And there have been a lot of them.

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My mum told me that when she was young, she was basically the same, playing mens sports, Castellanos said.

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She topped the scoring charts again at the 2014 Youth Olympics and at the under-17 South American Championships in 2016, before notching another five at the Under-17 World Cup 12 months ago.

But with professional leagues rare and a discounted degree a sensible ll-back option, the American collegiate system - stacked with gleaming cilities - is the proving ground for many of the best young female players from around the world, as well as the vast majority of American prospects.

If she wins Fis top prize, it wont be her Tallahassee present or European future on her mind though.

I was with a swimmer friend of mine. We were talking and watching the announcement show at the same time, she told BBC Sport.

The government is struggling to print passports st enough to keep up with demand from would-be emigrants, and the dismal form of the mens football team offers no respite from steepling crime rates and widespread social unrest.

The Australian set a single-season scoring record in the United States top-flight with 17 goals for New Jerseys Sky Blue FC, alongside seven international goals this year.

I might be in a minority but I think Fi got it right. I dont mean that as any slight on Sam Kerr, but Deyna is exactly what Fi likes - a dynamic, fun player who people are going to stand up and take notice of.

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Castellanos, in the second year of a four-year course in Communications, is bound by the rules of college sport governing body, the NCAA.

Then I called my mum at home and she started to cry as well.

Not surprised really, its Fi,said Kerrwhen asked for her reaction to her omission.

One day he came back from travelling, I said to him:, Dad I have a game.

I couldnt believe it. I was so emotional. My friend, he is also Venezuelan, said he was so proud of me.

A leftfield pick means someone closer to centre stage misses out. In the case of this Fi shortlist that was Sam Kerr.

Castellanos is nominated, alongside Lieke Martens of the Netherlands and American Carli Lloyd, as the planets best female footballer.

Technical ability is less likely to be trampled underfoot in womens football.

And yet Castellanos does not play in a professional league. She has never featured in an under-20s international tournament, never mind a senior one.

She won the goal of the season in the American second division witha precisely-plotted 30 yard chip.

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Honestly, if I had to pick between watching the US national team playing and Deyna Castellanos, I would pick Deyna every day, she told BBC Sport.

Had Richard Castellanos had his way, Deynas ability would not be known beyond the milys hometown of Maracay in the r north of Venezuela.

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Patty La Bella is the US-based host of theWomens World Football Show.She has no doubts.

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Bright, friendly and bilingual, she will be marketing manna, but she is currently subject to one of the strictest amateur codes in sport - unable to appear even in posters plugging Florida State games.

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She reminds me of a young [Brazilian five-time player of the year] Marta. That is a hard tag to hand on a young kid, but I havent seen anything that suggests anything different.

To be honest, I turned the Twitter off for a few days. I wasnt getting my hopes up.

Football is one of several challenges now though. Castellanos is starting her adult life, learning English and studying for a degree, all 1700 miles from home.

On Monday, we will find out if Castellanos is Fis Best.

The opposition may be age-grade or second-tier, but the goals are top class.

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With inflation running at 700%, some her compatriots are takingpayment in meat rather than cash.

While Martens role in driving the Netherlands to Euro 2017 made her an obvious choice, the callow Castellanos and Lloyd, whose me dwarfs her 2017 achievements, were not.

On Monday, the 18-year-old Venezuelan will swish up the red carpet of Londons Palladium theatre and sit alongside Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar in the front row at the Fis Best Awards.

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