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Monday, 24 September 2018

Aussie 'robbed' as Salah wins Puskas Award


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Riley McGree's breathtaking 'scorpion kick' goal in the A-League last season has been trumped by Mohamed Salah's strike for the 2018 FIFA Puskas Award.

The goal of the year award was given to Salah for his classic individual effort to out-muscle and weave through defenders before an inch-perfect, curling kick to score in the 1-1 draw with Everton as it snowed at Anfield. 

The award, which is named after Hungary and Real Madrid great Ferenc Puskas, was the first announced at the Best FIFA Football Awards in London.

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Of the 10 nominees that included Australia's McGree, and football superstars Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, and Gareth Bale, Salah dominated the public vote with 38 percent of the 500,000 votes received. Ronaldo finished second with 22 per cent of the votes and Giorgian De Arrascaeta was third with 17 per cent. 

Bale's acrobatic volley in the Champions League final for Real Madrid against Liverpool, and Ronaldo's bicycle kick, also in the Champions League, against his new team Juventus, were tipped as favourites to win the award, along with McGree, leaving some fans stunned at the result.

McGree's 'scorpion kick' goal misses out on FIFA Puskas Award

Though the 19-year-old from South Australia doesn't have the same international profile as some of the other nominees, his incredible goal for the Newcastle Jets in the 2017/18 A-League season while on loan from Belgian club Brugge earned worldwide fanfare for its expert execution. The degree of difficulty pulling off such a goal makes it one of the rarest methods to score in the sport. 

On social media, many were left scratching their heads at McGree missing out on the Puskas Award, and not even finishing in the top three.

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McGree's goal was praised by legendary football commentator Martin Tyler after the match highlight went viral around the globe. 

"This is special," Tyler told Fox Sports Australia.

"I hope the goal enhances the perception of the A-League."

When McGree was nominated for the Puskas Award he was endorsed by former Manchester United hero Peter Schmeichel.

"If I was voting, I wouldn't vote for them [Ronaldo or Bale]. I really love Riley McGree's goal. That is extraordinary that," Schmeichel said.

"Just thinking about doing that - the ball is behind you, and flicking it with your heel. You see the goalkeeper stranded in the middle there. He's got everything covered. The one thing he didn't cover was that.

"I think it was brilliant".

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Salah, 26, was also shortlisted for men's player of the year which was won by Croatia's Luka Modric.

"I'm very happy and very proud. I have to thank everyone who voted for me," Salah said, accepting the Puskas Award. 

Salah's star power in world football is undeniable, but in his home country of Egypt, the fandom goes to all new heights.

In the nation's March presidential elections won by Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, a total 1.76 million votes (7.27 per cent) were deemed invalid by the electoral commission because they nominated Salah, even though he wasn't running. That was almost triple the amount of votes Moussa Mostafa Moussa received as the president's sole (official) opponent.

McGree has been loaned by Club Brugge to play for Melbourne City in the 2018/19 A-League season. 

Riley McGree's breathtaking 'scorpion kick' goal in the A-League last season has been trumped by Mohamed Salah's strike for the 2018 FIFA Puskas Award.

The goal of the year award was given to Salah for his classic individual effort to out-muscle and weave through defenders before an inch-perfect, curling kick to score in the 1-1 draw with Everton as it snowed at Anfield. 

The award, which is named after Hungary and Real Madrid great Ferenc Puskas, was the first announced at the Best FIFA Football Awards in London.

https://twitter.com/LFC/status/1044299396156985345

Of the 10 nominees that included Australia's McGree, and football superstars Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, and Gareth Bale, Salah dominated the public vote with 38 percent of the 500,000 votes received. Ronaldo finished second with 22 per cent of the votes and Giorgian De Arrascaeta was third with 17 per cent. 

Bale's acrobatic volley in the Champions League final for Real Madrid against Liverpool, and Ronaldo's bicycle kick, also in the Champions League, against his new team Juventus, were tipped as favourites to win the award, along with McGree, leaving some fans stunned at the result.

McGree's 'scorpion kick' goal misses out on FIFA Puskas Award

Though the 19-year-old from South Australia doesn't have the same international profile as some of the other nominees, his incredible goal for the Newcastle Jets in the 2017/18 A-League season while on loan from Belgian club Brugge earned worldwide fanfare for its expert execution. The degree of difficulty pulling off such a goal makes it one of the rarest methods to score in the sport. 

On social media, many were left scratching their heads at McGree missing out on the Puskas Award, and not even finishing in the top three.

https://twitter.com/btsportfootball/status/1044300457081032707

https://twitter.com/jhudson_10/status/1044346164651294720

https://twitter.com/kevin_blundell/status/1044299964367736832

https://twitter.com/tim_michell/status/1044334491257294848

https://twitter.com/travismorgan00/status/1044319547044614145

https://twitter.com/isaacnowroozi/status/1044369016146452480

https://twitter.com/DFletcherSport/status/1044298400550785024

https://twitter.com/bencubby/status/1044349383699910656

https://twitter.com/DFS_AUS/status/1044359741328113664

https://twitter.com/WiIlUnited/status/1044315271350112256

McGree's goal was praised by legendary football commentator Martin Tyler after the match highlight went viral around the globe. 

"This is special," Tyler told Fox Sports Australia.

"I hope the goal enhances the perception of the A-League."

When McGree was nominated for the Puskas Award he was endorsed by former Manchester United hero Peter Schmeichel.

"If I was voting, I wouldn't vote for them [Ronaldo or Bale]. I really love Riley McGree's goal. That is extraordinary that," Schmeichel said.

"Just thinking about doing that - the ball is behind you, and flicking it with your heel. You see the goalkeeper stranded in the middle there. He's got everything covered. The one thing he didn't cover was that.

"I think it was brilliant".

https://twitter.com/FIFAcom/status/1036590144185397248

Salah, 26, was also shortlisted for men's player of the year which was won by Croatia's Luka Modric.

"I'm very happy and very proud. I have to thank everyone who voted for me," Salah said, accepting the Puskas Award. 

Salah's star power in world football is undeniable, but in his home country of Egypt, the fandom goes to all new heights.

In the nation's March presidential elections won by Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, a total 1.76 million votes (7.27 per cent) were deemed invalid by the electoral commission because they nominated Salah, even though he wasn't running. That was almost triple the amount of votes Moussa Mostafa Moussa received as the president's sole (official) opponent.

McGree has been loaned by Club Brugge to play for Melbourne City in the 2018/19 A-League season. 

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