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2017 FIFA Puskas Award: the deserving contenders

Tuesday 26th September 2017
Recently, I went on a rant about how the FIFA Puskas Award is unfair and an agreement as to which goal is the best in a 12 month period is wholly subjective to whoever is voting. In stark contrast, here are some of 2017's best strikes that should have all been considered for FIFA's least fair trophy.

Antonio Valencia v Everton

As one of the most recent world-class strikes, Valencia's effort against Everton in the Premier League is a definite contender. With the bulk of United's attacking presence drawing Everton's back line into the six-yard box; Nemanja Matic decided the better option would be to sling a superb cross-field ball to the onrushing Valencia - one swipe of the Ecuadorian's boot later and Jordan Pickford had no chance whatsoever:

Mario Mandzukic v Real Madrid

Cometh the massive fixture, cometh the massive striker. Mario Mandzukic has long been underrated but gave us all a glimpse of his world-class talent with a stunner of an overhead kick against Real Madrid in last season's Champions League competition. Easily as controlled as THAT Wayne Rooney overhead and far less fortunate than Zlatan's effort against England - sheer class:

Oscarine Masuluke v Orlando Pirates

Speaking of overhead kicks, a pre-season friendly provided one of the most surprising goals of all time as Baroka FC goalkeeper, Oscarine Masuluke snatched a stunning equaliser at the death:

Antoine Griezmann v Deportivo

Sometimes a great goal sees a player do all the hard work themselves and Antoine Griezmann is fast becoming a pro in setting up his own successes. A run into what looks like nowhere followed by a 1-2 layoff and a thumping strike meant the in-demand Frenchman deserved a place on the FIFA Puskas Award list of nominees:

Gareth Bale v Legia Warsaw

Real Madrid are the masters of the Champions League and make sure everyone is aware of that fact at every available opportunity. The man who is constantly reported to be unhappy in the Spanish capital decided he would be the one serving the reminder against Legia Warsaw, as Gareth Bale produced one of the most perfect turning volleys since Zinedine Zidane's retirement:

Olivier Giroud v Crystal Palace

Did Henrikh Mkhitaryan do it better? Well, no he didn't because the Armenian was actually offside so the Frenchman wins the battle of the Scorpion kicks. No-one saw this coming and Giroud proves once again that he's a lot more talented than anyone gives him credit for:

Kevin Prince Boateng v Villareal

Probably the best goal anyone will see all year comes from a player who has never really been at his best no matter where he has played. Journeyman Kevin Prince Boateng finishes off one of the best moves of all time as the Las Palmas attack loft the ball into the box, flick it effortlessly across, and a thunderous strike into the net completes the move:

Mesut Ozil v Ludogorets

Another Arsenal goal to simply applaud as Mesut Ozil sent two defenders and the Ludogorets 'keeper for a hot dog. The Gunners will be hoping Ozil can do more of this over the coming weeks and months:
Kristian Webb
A Manchester United fan who actually knows where Manchester is; I'm the chief writer for AccumulatorTips, ForzaSwansea and a contributor to WhatCulture's video game section. I'm a professional proofreader, content author and SEO Expert but that doesn't mean there won't be the odd grammatical error!

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