LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 24: Former Ivorian footballer Didier Drogba (R) and Noel Gallagher present Mohamed Salah of Liverpool with the trophy for the FIFA Puskas Award 2018 during the The Best FIFA Football Awards Show at Royal Festival Hall on September 24, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

Sorry but the Puskas Award given to Mohamed Salah was the weakest ever given in the gala, there were other two goals that were supposed to win it.

As FIFA’s The Best Awards came to an end, we took a big surprise when Mohamed Salah received the very first trophy of the evening with the Puskas Award for the best goal of 2018. When he was announced by Didier Drogba and rock star Noel Gallagher, when they announced the winner even Mo was surprised as he believed they were only announcing the nominees one more time. But the Egyptian had done it, he accomplished it with a goal he scored against Everton at the Merseyside Derby and went up to the stage to receive the recognition of arguably the weakest Puskas Award winner we have ever seen. The voting came from the fans online, which clearly reveals that a lot of people from Liverpool and Egypt got online to vote for Salah in order to get him that prize. Because there is no doubt that the best goals from this particular list of nominees came from Real Madrid, one was Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal against Juventus, and the other one was Gareth Bale’s goal against Liverpool in the Champions League final last season. Ronaldo had already won the award for best goal in Europe at the UEFA gala, everybody thought that Bale would win it this time for his goal but the fans have spoken and Salah got the award in the end.

Comparing Salah’s goal with previous winners.

This is where it gets tricky, because Mohamed Salah’s goal against Everton can arguably be considered as the least spectacular of the bunch that was nominated today and it goes even lower if you compare it with previous Puskas Award winners. Last season’s goal that Olivier Giroud scored against Crystal Palace was a scorpion kick, which was out of this world and completely deserved the recognition. Mohd Faiz Subri’s free-kick goal a year before, defied the laws of physics and reminded us of that unique way that Roberto Carlos had to strike the ball. We also have Wendell Lira’s bicycle kick goal a year prior to that, then James Rodriguez’s incredible volley for Colombia at the 2014 World Cup. Going further back we have Cristiano Ronaldo’s long-range missile against Porto when the award was created, or Neymar’s incredible solo goal for Santos back in 2011. But none of those surpass Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s long-range overhead kick against England, that is arguably the best Puskas Award winner so far. Salah’s goal pales in comparison to any of these other winners, which brings the voters into question because they were mostly biased due to their love for either Liverpool or Egypt. While it is a great goal, it’s not possible that it was better than at least another two from the list.

Another incredible thing that happened was Mohamed Salah beating Messi or Griezmann to the final list of nominees for The Best award, the Egyptian did have the best season of his career but both of those players we mentioned are overall better footballers and win more trophies than Mo did. Having him amongst the list of nominees, just fills everybody with more doubts about FIFA’s credibility for these awards because snubbing the current Golden Boot winner and one of the World Cup champions is simply unacceptable. We are sorry for the Egyptian because he didn’t deserve to get any type of criticism, we are just calling it like it is and he had nothing to do amongst the final list of nominees. Even if we are happy that he got recognized for his incredible year, Salah does not deserve to win the trophy he won and FIFA should do a better job in their process of selection and voting for the sake of the competition. Let’s just hope that France Football and the Ballon d’Or organizers don’t make the same mistakes and they at least do justice to one of the France players who deserves being recognized by the world of football as one of the best.

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