Liverpool’s Mohammed Salah, also known as the Egyptian King, won the Puskas award for best goal of the year.
The 26-year old Anfield forward scored a goal against Everton against three defenders and above the head of the goal-keeper which was selected as goal of the year in a popular vote.
There were nine contenders for the award, including Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, and Australian midfielder Riley McGree.
McGree, 19, scored a spectacular volley with the help of his scorpion kick against A-League rivals Melbourne City but missed out on the coveted prize. McGree — who was on loan from Club Brugge — scored a stupendous effort to equalise for his team in the A-League semi-finals, as the league’s fairy-tale team turned things around to progress with a 2-1 victory.
The famous bi-cycle kick by Cristiano Ronaldo in the quarter-finals of the champions league that got standing ovation from the crowd at Turin was also not close in terms of vote as compared to Salah’s goal versus Everton’s.
The passage of play started with an attack from Real, as a fierce shot was parried by Juventus keeper Gianluigi Buffon. The ball came back in with a cross from the right, and Ronaldo, with his back to the goal, launched himself skywards to steer the ball perfectly past an unmoving Buffon.
When it comes to value, probably none was more valuable than Gareth Bale’s bi-cycle score in the finals of champions league versus Liverpool last year. Bale came off the bench as a substitute, and with the score level at 1-1, the Welshman was on the end of a perfect cross, which he met with a stunning overhead kick that flew past Loris Karius into the top corner of the Liverpool net.The goal put Real Madrid on the way to their 13th Champions League title.
Amidst all such star-studded spectacular shots for Goal of the year award, many people have started raising questions on the award process at Fifa, alleging Fifa of biased assessment. Many believe that other goals in the race were much better than Salah’s score.
Some favoured Bale because of the context of his strike, others felt Ronaldo’s goal was deserving because of its pure timing. There was also plenty of support for McGree’s scorpion strike.
Check out some reactions on Twitter:
Could someone please explain to me how Bale’s OVERHEAD KICK IN A CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL did not win goal of the year? #puskasaward
— The United Girl (@TheMUnitedGirl) September 24, 2018
— Josh Daniels (@JoshuaDaniels25) September 24, 2018
— Amos_Rsk (@Mampa111) September 24, 2018
— Radio Cascadia (@Radio_Cascadia) September 24, 2018