Olivier Giroud‘s incredible scorpion kick from 10 months ago could earn him a FIFA award.
The Arsenal forward is a finalist for the annual FIFA Puskas award, honoring the year’s best goal. Joining Giroud is Baroka FC goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke and Deyna Castellanos from the Venezuelan National Team.
Giroud’s strike is memorable for a number of reasons. First, his nifty back-heel deep in his own half to Granit Xhaka opened up the opportunity. Then Giroud took off on a full sprint down the field to give Alexis Sanchez an option in the middle.
Of course, Sanchez’s cross was a bit behind the run of Giroud, but he left his left foot in the air just enough to redirect the ball off his heel into the top corner, finishing a brilliant sequence with an even more impressive finish.
Giroud has some company though. Castellanos, moments after Venezuela was scored upon, lazered a shot in from inside the center circle, a blast the goalkeeper couldn’t keep out. And Masuluke, a goalkeeper himself, scored on a stoppage time bicycle kick to save a draw in South African league action. Masuluke wasn’t just happy with the goal though. Like his field player teammates, he had to drop a dance move to the delight of the crowd and his team.
Watch the Puskas award videos below and let us know what’s your pick for Goal of the Year. The award will be announced on October 23.