Olivier Giroud's 'scorpion kick' wins FIFA Puskas Award


Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has won the 2017 FIFA Puskas Award for his improvised backheel volley against Crystal Palace.

The Frenchman's "scorpion kick" finish, scored against Crystal Palace in the English Premier League on 1 January 2017, completed a swift counter attack by Arsenal.

Alexis Sanchez had burst down the left before playing the ball in for Giroud whose acrobatic effort went in off the crossbar and past goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey.

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Masuluke was nominated for the accolade for the goal he scored with a bicycle kick in a league game with Orlando Pirates at Peter Mokaba Stadium last season.

Giroud beat Deyna Castellanos of the Venezuela U17 women's team and South Africa goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke of Baroka FC to the award, which recognises the "most attractive goal of the season".

"I would like to thank the people who voted for me".

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Harry Kane and Cristiano Ronaldo also endorsed Masuluke's goal on Monday night just before Giroud was announced as the victor. The Venezuela was representing her country during the Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 Women's World Cup in Jordan previous year.

Castellanos, who is also one of three shortlisted for the Best FIFA Women's Player, stunned Cameroon with an remarkable strike straight from a the restart to snatch a 2-1 stoppage-time win in the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup.

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