Giroud’s ‘Scorpion’ kick wins FIFA Puskas award

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Olivier Giroud’s amazing ‘Scorpion’ kick strike against Crystal Palace on New Year’s Day has been awarded the FIFA Puskas award for the best goal of 2017, as voted for by the public.

The France international received the gong in London this evening after beating off competition from Venezuela’s Deyna Castellanos and South African Oscarine Masuluke.

Castellanos scored a winner from the halfway line for Venezuela’s under-17 side at the Women’s World Cup just seconds after her side had conceded an equaliser in stoppage time. Masuluke, a goalkeeper, also won plaudits for a stoppage-time effort, this time for an overhead kick for Baroka against Orlando Pirates.

You can relive the beauty of Giroud’s fantastic strike with this video, featuring all the angles, from @arsenalist. 

A handsome trophy for a handsome goal by a handsome man who scored another handsome goal the other day (against Red Star Belgrade). And to think he came close to leaving this summer. Madness.

Well done Ollie.

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