Six Salah goals better than his Puskas Award victor

Sep 26, 2018, 03:36
Six Salah goals better than his Puskas Award victor

Liverpool star Mohamed Salah's strike in last season's Merseyside derby against Everton at Anfield has won the FIFA Puskas Award for the goal of the season.

Cristiano Ronaldo's incredible bicycle kick goal in the same competition against Juventus for Real Madrid was also thought to be in the running.

Hardcore Liverpool supporters argued that Salah ought to have been named the best player but Modric took that prize home after three consecutive Champions League triumphs and a journey to the World Cup final with Croatia.

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Milner wasn't alone in mocking the Federation Internationale de Football Association vote, with former Tottenham and Hull City midfielder Ryan Mason claiming that the Puskas Award had "lost a lot of credibility" by overlooking the likes of Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo.

James Rodriguez, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Neymar are among the other star names from the sport to have been awarded the Puskas prize in their careers.

On a fairly nonsensical night of skewed fan votes and meaningless, faux-prestige popularity contests, the charade was perhaps best demonstrated by Mohamed Salah emerging from the Royal Festival Hall with the 2018 Puskas Award tucked beneath his arm.

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"We are nothing without our players and I want to thank my whole team who worked to get me here and get me this trophy tonight".

Salah landed the award (handed over to him by Noel Gallagher, because of course) for the most handsome goal of the year with his cut-inside-and-curl effort against Everton last December.

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