Pavard stunner wins Best Goal of 2018 World Cup

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Benjamin Pavard’s summer of dreams continues to get better.

The 22-year-old defender learned Wednesday that his stunning half-volley strike for France against Argentina had been named the best goal of the 2018 World Cup. The goal was selected by fans voting online on FIFA’s website.

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We’d describe the goal for you again, but we think the video below speaks for himself.

“The ball bounced up as it came to me. I didn’t even think about it. I just tried to get over it and keep it down,” Pavard told FIFA’s website. “I was trying to hit it in the direction it came from, which is what the strikers always tell me. I didn’t think it over, and when it went in I just felt so happy.”

It was Pavard’s first goal for Les Bleus. Combined with his World Cup medal, it’s a goal he’ll never forget.